A new speed camera is due to be installed on Astwood Bank in Redditch following concerns over local drivers consistently breaking the speed limit. A mobile camera will set up on Monday June 4th on the A441 on the Ridgeway in Astwood Bank and will remain in place for six months. Data will be reviewed to see whether it encourages drivers to slow down.
This is all part of West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership’s Community Convern Scheme which follows concerns raised by Cookhill Parish Council dating back to January 2011.
Mary Shephard, clerk at Cookhill Parish Council, said: “We are very pleased that Safer Roads Partnership has listened to concerns from local residents about the speed issues on the A441 and we hope that as a result of this, this stretch will become safer for all concerned.”
Following a monitoring programme in the area, 60% of vehicles travelling through the 30mph section of the road were found to be speeding. Of these speeding vehicles, 15% were travelling over 40.6mph.
Anna Higgins, from the West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership, said: “We hope the presence of a speed camera will improve driver compliance with the 30mph speed limit and improve the safety of the road for all those who use it.”
Jon Fraser, Worcestershire county council’s highways customer and community manager, said speed limits existed for a reason and exceeding the limit put drivers, passengers, and pedestrians in danger.
“The message to anyone travelling too fast is a simple one. Slow down and stay safe.”
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