Speeding is a cause for concern in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:30 06 April 2015

car driving fast into forest.

car driving fast into forest.

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Frustrated locals have told the Herald how a number of roads suffer from motorists driving at excessive speed - sparking fears of an accident.

Speeding motorists are making Honiton’s streets a ‘nightmare’ for pedestrians.

Frustrated locals have told the Herald how a number of roads suffer from motorists driving at excessive speed – sparking fears of an accident.

Honiton’s neighbourhood beat team says it is in the process of organising several operations across the town.

A Honiton police spokesman said: “We have recently been aware of further speeding issues in Battishorne Way as well as potential issues on Sidmouth Road and School Lane.

“Our team will continue to carry out unannounced speed detection at various times in key areas leading up to pre-planned enforcement operations.”

High Street, Dowell Street, Kings Road, Pine Park Road and Langford Road have all been highlighted as driving blackspots by locals.

Honiton resident Carla Salisbury agreed that Sidmouth Road and Battishorne Way need monitoring, adding: “Sidmouth Road and the main Tesco roundabout are awful at night.

“Battishorne Way is a nightmare, especially in the morning as people are racing to get to the station. In the day time, the police use Butts Close and Moor Park to monitor Battishorne Way.

“But they should be looking at the road in the prime time, between 7.35am and 7.50am.

“Early morning patrols will catch drivers - Honiton is just a big accident waiting to happen.”

Langford Avenue resident Debra Elmaghdy also spoke of her concerns.

She said Honiton’s high street is full of dangers, adding: “I feel it should have a 20mph speed limit.

“When I first moved to Honiton, my youngest child was three years old, and there were still problems with speeding. In High Street, no one looks when opening car doors, and there are always people crossing in the middle of road.

“When the college finishes, pupils do not use the main crossing. Instead, they hold hands and run into the road, yet people speed up. I always drive between 20mph and 25mph.”

Debra said a resolution could be made by ‘affluent companies’ new to Honiton donating money into a pot. Once the money builds up, she thinks it should be spent on revamped traffic system, including mini roundabouts, speed cameras and a new traffic light system at both ends of Honiton.

The police spokesman added: “Speed, whether excessive or inappropriate, is the primary contributor to death and injury on our roads.

“Slower speeds have a dramatic effect on stopping distances and can mean the difference not only between a road traffic collision resulting in injury or not, but whether one occurs at all.”

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