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Traffic and Speeding in the Village – Data Revealed

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The Speed indicator devices have now been up and running since the summer and revealed what I think many people already know?

There is a high volume of vehicles using the main road through the village- a staggering 360,000 recorded in just under 6 months! and this is only the vehicles going past the Speed Indicator devices, so the actual volume is much higher.

The bulk of drivers are respecting the 30 MPH, but there were over 7000 vehicles recorded doing over 41 mph and 450 doing over 50 mph, and that included vehicles during the lockdowns. In total there were 102,000 vehicles detected exceeding the 30 mph speed limit.

Parliament, has undertaken some research into the effect of speeding.READ FINDINGS

What they have deduced is that in obedience to the laws of physics, speed makes crashes more severe. This is particularly important in cities, towns and villages, where pedestrians are particularly at risk. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents informed us that:

"Hit by a car at 40 mph, nine out of ten pedestrians will be killed.

Hit by a car at 30 mph, about half of pedestrians will be killed.

Hit by a car at 20 mph, nine out of ten pedestrians will survive."

Our pavements are extremely narrow in many places and of course we have lots of families, children going to school, the elderly and the infirm using these on a ongoing basis.

It will be interesting to see what the next 6 months reveals, but in the meantime this information has been made available to the Police, Highways and District and County Councils

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