Fresh crackdown on Seaton speeders

PUBLISHED: 09:50 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 02 October 2017

Speedwatch campaigner Paul Allan in Seaton Down Hill at the spot where the speed limit ends. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Speedwatch campaigner Paul Allan in Seaton Down Hill at the spot where the speed limit ends. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Electronic sign installed to slow down drivers

A new crackdown has been launched to put the brakes on speeding motorists in Seaton.

A vehicle activated sign (VAS) has been installed on Seaton Down Hill in a fresh bid to prevent drivers exceeding the 30mph limit.

The local Speedwatch team has welcomed highway’s chiefs’ decision to install the device which flags up how fast vehicles are going.

Members Paul Allan and Seaton mayor Jack Rowland, met county highways officers last year to push for a range of road safety improvements in that part of town.

These included reducing the speed limit on the A3052 to 40mph in both directions at the junction with Seaton Down Hill and on the latter road until the 30mph limit is reached.

Other moves requested included improvements to the size of the signs on the posts and road surface, making sure vegetation does not obscure them, installation of the VAS and a pedestrian island crossing.

Devon highways officers did not support a reduction from the national 60mph limit to 40mph, citing the lack of fatalities or serious accidents.

However, the Speedwatch team says it will continue to campaign for this change as the findings from its traffic monitoring sessions continue to show a consistent percentage of drivers exceeding the limit.

“And that is when we are present with warning signs displayed so we know the per centage is higher when we are not present,” said Cllr Rowland.

“DCC Highways have recently indicated that they will review the current speed limit.”

Funding for the VAS has been provided jointly by Seaton Town Council and the locality budget of former county councillor, Jim Knight.

Added Cllr Rowland: “Some people believe we can operate from other locations in Seaton. We cannot as the police have to carry out their own monitoring and agree speeding issues on other roads before authorising a Speedwatch team to operate and become police volunteers.”

“The area we operate from on Seaton Down Hill is the only authorised spot in Seaton.”

“If residents of other areas of Seaton feel they have a speeding problem close to where they live then they need to contact the police to request initial monitoring.”

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