South Holland drivers who speed have 'couldn't care less' attitude
Community Speed Watch (CSW) groups in two South Holland villages want stronger action to tackle the “couldn’t care less attitude” of speeding drivers.
Volunteers in Cowbit and Weston/Weston Hills have seen a marked increase in drivers ignoring the respective 30mph and 40mph speed limits in place there.
A record of CSW patrols on Barrier Bank, Cowbit, during August showed that more than 14 per cent of vehicles were exceeding the road’s 30-50mph limit, with the highest speed clocked at 69mph.
In response, Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP), which oversees CSW groups in the county, has confirmed plans to have a police officer or PCSO in place with volunteers to act as a “liaison person” when patrols take place.
Chris Elliott, of Cowbit CSW, said: “The introduction of a liaison officer is a start, but what is really needed is some sort of positive action to actually punish all the drivers who think it’s okay to speed through our rural villages.
“We’re not talking about the occasional speeder but we are seeing dozens every single day who are driving at, or up to double the speed limit, and sometimes even faster.”
Chris Dicks, of Weston/Weston Hills CSW, said: “We’ve noticed over the last few months that drivers are travelling at a higher speed due to there being fewer cars on the roads.
“A couple of our teams have been working very early in the mornings at Austendyke Road where on one occasion, in an hour and a half, they caught up to 60 people exceeding the 40mph speed limit.
"The biggest frustration is that we're standing there and pointing the speed gun at drivers who don't even slow down.
"There's a 'couldn't care less' attitude because people think 'I'm only going to get a letter from the police'.
"So we'd like the police to enforce the villages more."
LRSP sokesman John Siddle said: “It is planned that the liaison person will be a police officer or PCSO for a CSW group who needs that support.
“Where able, they will assist and support the local group, or groups, in the area, as well as the LRSP coordinator.
“This is intended to add support and give flexibility for appropriate enforcement activity in certain areas.
“The support will be from a local level and their availability will obviously be governed by operational commitments.”