Too many drivers speeding where we live

Below is the detailed report from Lincs Road Safety Partnership, following the traffic speed surveys I requested on Wygate Park and Park Road in Spalding. Although the numbers of speeding vehicles is relatively low compared to the overall numbers checked, it’s still extremely disappointing to see the numbers in the hundreds. R U 1 of these?

I now have the results of the Archer survey carried out on Wygate Park and Park Rd at Spalding.

In relation to Wygate Park a survey was carried out on Wygate Park near the junction with Law Court monitoring traffic flow in both directions.

Over a five day period a total of 13,713 vehicles were checked 9,992 of these vehicles were travelling towards the town centre. Of vehicles travelling towards the town centre 442 vehicles (4.4%) were travelling at a speed where a speed awareness course would be an appropriate course of action. 189 vehicles (1.9%) were found to be travelling at a speed where prosecution would be an appropriate course of action.

Vehicles travelling towards the A151 21 vehicles ( 3.4%) were travelling at a speed where a speed awareness course would be an appropriate course of action. 25 vehicles (0.6%) were found to be travelling where prosecution would be an appropriate course of action.

In relation to Park Rd the survey was carried outside 214, Park Rd monitoring traffic flow in both directions. Over a five day period a total of 26,095 were checked 10,479 were travelling towards Spalding town centre and 15,616 travelling towards Pinchbeck Rd.

Vehicles travelling towards the town centre 107 (6.1%) were travelling at a speed where a speed awareness course would be an appropriate course of action. 36 vehicles (2.1%) were found to be travelling at a speed where prosecution would have been an appropriate course of action.

Vehicles travelling towards Pinchbeck Rd 286(11.0%) were travelling at a speed where a speed awareness course would be an appropriate course of action. 189 vehicles (7.1%) were travelling at a speed where a prosecution would be an appropriate course of action.

I realise the survey results may not support your impression of vehicles speed using these roads indicated by your correspondence. However, I deal with many complaints relating to speeding and I find ‘Speeding’ is both a very emotive and perceptive subject. To one person speeding may simply mean exceeding a given speed limit,when to another speeding may mean travelling too fast for the conditions whilst staying within the speed limit.

An indication of whether drivers are using a road too fast for conditions is its collision history. I have checked the collision database of all collisions recorded on Wygate Park and Park Rd with eight slight injury collisions on Park Rd and two slight injury collisions for the last three years and out of the ten slight injury collisions none can be attributed to speed.

The aim of the Lincolnshire Road Safety is to try and reduce the amount of fatalities which is distressful for those involved, however caused in the county but we put our resources into the area’s that have high collision figures and a high recorded data in relation to drivers ignoring the speed limit for the road their on. With the ultimate aim to make the roads safer in the whole county.

I will pass on the results of the survey to the local neighbourhood policing team for them to take any action that they feel is necessary during the the course of their patrol.

Fuel duty U turn – right reason, wrong outcome

I couldn’t resist resurrecting a previous blog entry, given the recent ‘proposed policy adjustment’, otherwise known as a U turn, by George Osborne.  Much as I hate to admit it and I have no doubt this would incur the wroth of most driving readers (if there were any, readers that is, not drivers), but I think fuel should be more expensive for most non-HGV vehicles- why?  Please read on.  

Eco driving tests – Recently resurrected as an issue by some government spokesperson or other – what a joke this one is!  Talk about wishful thinking.  Witness the driving style of just about anyone, anywhere and you will soon realise that, for some reason best known to the human being when behind the wheel of a car, it doesn’t cost any money to put your foot down.  This is even more so the case when you see young drivers in their beloved hot hatch.  I work(ed) (as of Nov 11)  in an office that overlooks the roundabout outside the Morrison’s supermarket atWardentree Lane.  And before you say it, no I don’t spend all my time looking out of the window to see this, I don’t need to, I can hear it even with the double glazed windows closed.  

For some reason, and younger drivers seem to be some of the worst, crossing over the roundabout and heading towards Pinchbeck causes drivers to launch their vehicles in to what Captain Kirk would call warp factor 8.  The 40 mph limit goes out of the window and the wide open road bekcons, as drivers floor the accelerator pedal in an effort to see how fast they can get to the t-junction, whilst at the same time over taking anything that gets in their way.  Given the fact that eco-driving has been in the test since about 2006 and was being pushed when I did my instructor training, it hasn’t made any difference yet!

Good idea moment – Let’s replace all the speedometers with poundometers (nobody seems to use the speedo anymore anyway).  Instead of showing the speed we’re doing, it would show how much fuel is being used in pounds and pence.   Likewise, the fuel gauge could be calibrated to show how much a full tank of fuel costs – some boffin can figure out how this would automatically calibrate itself every time the fuel price increases.  So, if we filled our car up, the needle would point to £70 at today’s prices.  Each mark on the gauge would be about a £5, so as all those non-eco drivers hoffed along theWardentree Lane section of Brands Hatch, they could watch the pound notes pouring out of their exhaust pipes.