Melksham South Town and Wiltshire Councillor Jon Hubbard is proposing a new initiative to try and make three main roads in the town safer.
Cllr Hubbard has submitted a proposal to Melksham Town Council to purchase four new Speed Indicator Devices to be installed on Spa Road, Semington Road and King Street and Snowberry Lane. The proposal will be discussed at the Town Council’s meeting on Monday 25th November starting at 7pm in the Town Hall.
Jon commented, “These new speed indicator devices would help remind people that there is a 30mph speed limit in force on these roads. When vehicles are travelling in excess of these speeds, they are not only breaking the law, but they are also exhibiting anti-social behaviour and putting other people’s lives at risk.
“On Spa Road we have a Children’s Centre and the Canberra Youth Centre and sometimes we see cars blasting past at, frankly, stupid speeds where if the hit a child a fatality would be the likely outcome.
“By introducing these speed indicator devices my hope is that we will remind people that they are in a 30mph area and they will slow down. This will not only make them safer drivers but also save them money and all the evidence demonstrate that by slowing down they will save fuel and reduce pollutant emissions.”
Cllr Hubbard’s proposal also calls for a fourth speed indicator device to be procured for use across the two recently added 20mph limits around the Kenilworth Gardens estate and Coronation Road and Ruskin Avenue.
Jon added, “By putting in a speed indicator device in the new 20mph areas we can help remind people who use these roads, particularly those who only use them on an occasional basis, that a 20mph speed limit is now in force.
“This is ‘soft’ enforcement where what I would like to see is people being reminded that these limits are in place. Then, if they persist in speeding no-one can reasonably complain if they end up with speeding tickets down the line.”
The units being recommended in Cllr Hubbard’s proposal include equipment to record the number of vehicles passing and their speeds, meaning that the Town Council will be able to evidence the effectiveness of the scheme but also help advise the Police about where and when speeding enforcement may be most effective.