Dad-of-five raises concerns over reckless driving in Payhembury
PUBLISHED: 11:42 25 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:03 28 April 2016
Dave Wright says he regularly sees vehicles speeding through the quiet village.
A Payhembury man says it’s only a matter of time until someone gets killed in the village because of reckless motorists.
Dave Wright was recently in a collision in Colestocks – a mile out from Payhembury – while taking his daughter, Ella, to school.
The dad-of-five says that he regularly sees vehicles speeding through the quiet village.
Mr Wright says a bigger police presence needs to monitor the roads before a child gets hit while on the way to school.
He said: “There is always speeding through Payhembury. They drive through the village miles too fast and round the bends like idiots.
“It is only a matter of time until someone gets killed or badly hurt – it could be someone walking their dog, or kids in the village.”
Mr Wright, who moved to Payhembury from Barnstaple ten months ago, said he realised there was a speeding problem almost immediately once he had moved.
“It [speeding] has been here ever since we have moved here,” he said.
“They are driving round the lanes like wallies – I have nearly had a van hit me and been in a collision with another car a couple of times.”
Mr Wright says the road most affected by reckless driving is the one which leads from Payhembury to Feniton.
He is now urging motorists to think about how they are driving and take the conditions into account.
A spokesman for Honiton Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The local neighbourhood policing team are aware of the concerns about speeding vehicles on rural roads.
“Predominantly the lanes between the villages are national speed limit and it is not possible to conduct speed checks.
“However the majority of the built-up area of the villages are 30mph limits and local police conduct speed checks here to ensure compliance.
“Payhembury is one of the parishes where concerns have been raised and police will be taking a closer look at the issue over the coming months.”
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