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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Drivers treat roads in Cumbria village ‘like race track’

DRIVERS are continuing to treat a Cumbria village like a “race track”, with reports of cars travelling at double the limit despite campaigns to reduce speeds.

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fears Councillor Joan Hobbs, left, and Councillor Audrey Gabbert who are worried about speeding motorists at Poolside in HaveriggJON GRANGER REF: 50063178B001

Roads in the village of Haverigg are causing residents concern as drivers constantly ignore the 20mph speed limit.

PCSO Paul Booth often monitors the speeds of vehicles in the 20mph zone and has recorded cars travelling at about 35mph.

The problem apparently gets worse in the evenings, and neighbourhood watch groups have reported vehicles travelling at more than 50mph.

A 20mph speed limit was introduced in the village last year following a ‘twenty is plenty’ campaign led by children from Haverigg Primary School.

Prior to that, when the speed limit was 30mph, councillors fought successfully to have notifications of the speed limit painted on the road.

Despite these deterrents, many drivers still refuse to obey the limit.

Millom Town Council’s Haverigg representative Joan Hobbs, of Main Street, said: “This has been a real issue for years, and none of the measures put in place have any affect.

“It’s just a nightmare. Some nights I’ll be lying in bed and I can hear cars screaming and screeching. They come racing up Main Street and sometimes do handbrake turns.

“They treat it just like a racetrack.

“They won’t slow down for anything. We used to have speed bumps and people would just race over them and wreck their cars.”

The road causing the most concern is Poolside, a long straight causing many drivers to speed up and break the limit.

Poolside is where PCSO Booth monitors traffic with a speed gun. Though he records many drivers going above well 20mph, he said that road users tend to become aware of his presence and slow down within half an hour.

Millom town councillor Audrey Gabbert, of Haverigg, said: “It’s a real danger. They come speeding into turns so fast without knowing what they’re driving into.

“One day an elderly resident is going to step out on to the pavement and be sent flying by one of these speeding cars.”

Councillors Gabbert and Hobbs and other councillors consistently raise the matter in council meetings.

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