Monday, August 11, 2008
Speeding in Haughton
Speeding is a problem in a number of streets around the ward. After being approached by local residents, we asked for speed surveys to be undertaken in Hutton Avenue, Littlebeck Drive and Wylam Avenue. Some of the results are back now, and we've had the following response from the Police;
Total traffic flow - 24,564 vehicles
Total above 30mph - 7974 (32.45%)
Total above 35mph - 2879 (11.72%) Prosecution bracket
Total above 40mph - 716 (2.91%)
Given the ACPO prosecution policy I am unable to progress this matter further. You may however be interested to know that excess speed in a northerly direction is in excess of the southerly direction by a ratio of 3 to 1it would therefore be interesting to know where the counter was located to give this large imbalance in the figures.
Total traffic flow - 8,534 vehicles
Total above 30mph - 239 (2.80%)
Total above 35mph - 45 (0.53%) Prosecution bracket
Total above 40mph - 12 (0.14%)
As above I am unable to progress this complaint further given the non compliance data supplied and the ACPO guidance.
So in Littlebeck Drive, around 3% of vehicles travelled faster than 30mph, and less than half of one percent went above 35mph. In Wylam Avenue, however, a third were travelling faster than the speed limit, and 12% were speeding in excess of 35 mph.
The Police’s response is that they will not support any traffic calming measures in either location, based on national guidelines. Whilst this is perhaps understandable in Littlebeck Drive, we feel there are strong grounds to tackle speeding in Wylam Avenue, beginning perhaps with speed enforcement work.
We are pressing for this, and for the survey on Hutton Avenue to be completed as soon as possible.