Village residents petition for average speed cameras

Hundreds of people living in a village in Warwickshire have signed a petition calling for average speed cameras to be installed to make roads there safer.

Warwickshire World reports people in Long Itchington, through former police officer Keith Turnecliff, have presented the document to Warwickshire County Council’s full council meeting and explained why 561 people were calling for action on the A423 and Leamington Road, both of which are subject to a 30mph speed limit.

The report says Mr Turnecliff told councillors: “I worked for Warwickshire Police for over 35 years mainly as a frontline police officer. After retiring I became a member of the local community Speedwatch team and devoted many hours to getting speeds reduced in the village.”

He says he checked 1,884 vehicles, he found 86 per cent of them exceeded the speed limit and that more than 50 were travelling at a speed that would have seen them disqualified from driving.

“Since I started this petition there has been one fatal and one serious accident on the A423 between Long Itchington and Marton and I believe there will be more fatal accidents on this section of road and in the village before too long,” he added.

The website quotes council’s portfolio holder for transport and planning, Cllr Wallace Redford as saying: “The county council takes road safety extremely seriously and I will ensure that officers review the location and I will respond to you shortly.”

(Picture – Jenoptik)


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