Put the brakes on drivers speeding and pulling ‘doughnuts’ in Long Sutton

Insp Jim Tyner.
Insp Jim Tyner.
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Hundreds of people are backing a petition for a clampdown on speeding, drink-driving and irresponsible drivers pulling “doughnuts” in the streets of Long Sutton.

A seven-strong band of residents have called a public meeting at 7pm on Thursday – which will be attended by county council executive member for highways Richard Davies – to say “enough is enough”.

The move has been prompted in part by two serious crashes on London Road, one where a car went through a wall and another where a vehicle landed on its roof.

But parish councillor Jack Tyrrell says drink-driving is also a major problem in the town and claims people are doing that because there is no visible policing late at night when the pubs close.

He said: “On a Friday and Saturday night – when half of them are drunk – they are getting in their cars but there is nobody to stop them.”

He also says late-night drivers are pulling doughnuts – circling at speed and making their tyres screech – because “there’s no police about”.

Coun Tyrrell said: “My granddaughter lives on West Street and my daughter says she wakes up every Friday and Saturday night because of the screeching of wheels at 11 or 12 at night.”

Community policing inspector Jim Tyner is urging all residents to report suspected cases of drink-driving by texting the word “drink” to 80800 – and giving details of the incident, including the car registration – and says: “We will do the rest.”

Insp Tyner said: “We do have officers on patrol 24 hours a day in the Suttons and, if people report incidents to us, we will take action.”

He said safety issues are normally raised through the community police panel – and set as a priority – and the police also get feedback through the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, who will look into matters of safety.

Insp Tyner said local police are actively targeting drink-drivers – two were arrested at the weekend in Spalding and two were arrested in the villages during the previous weekend.

Sue Smith, a member of the Long Sutton group calling for traffic calming, says: “The village has become a speed track.”

She would like to see speed cameras “either end of the village” – and perhaps some flashing signs – to slow down the drivers.

Mrs Smith lives close to the spot where there were two serious crashes on London Road and says drivers are speeding along there at all times of the day.

n Thursday’s public meeting starts at 7pm in The Royal British Legion Club in West Street.