Login Register

Slow down in Barnwood - or risk a call from police.

By citizennick  |  Posted: December 15, 2012

Comments (0)

WATCH your speed to keep our community safe - that was the message in Barnwood and Abbeydale today as the community speedwatch programme was on the lookout for dangerous drivers today. (Saturday)

Six volunteers from the road safe team have been trained up to use a

speedgun to learn more about which roads are hotspots for speeding

drivers.

Barnwood councillor, Lise Noakes was one of the six community speedwatch

campaigners to get trained up and was joined on the street by Police

Community Support Officers from Abbeydale and Elmbridge.

"It is about being a deterrant, but if we see repeat offenders they will be reported to police," she said.

"We are allowed to go out on our own but it is good for the community to

see us out and about to see we are trying to make the roads safer.

"The message is speed kills, hopefully this will help motorists think twice before putting their foot down.

"Our next campaign is Twenty is Plenty. It is not a speed limit as such, but a campaign to slow down drivers.

"We have looked at an accident map of all the injuries sustained in road

collisions in this area and thankfully, it is not too bad.

"But we want to be prevent accidents before they happen. Hopefully this campaign will help."

The community group were out in high visibility jackets on the lookout

for speeding drivers in Painswick Road, Birch Avenue, Zoons Road and

Hucclecote Road.

Chris Etheridge is another to be trained up to use the police owned speed guns.

"We have looked at a possible 20mph limit in some areas of Barnwood, but

it is very difficult to enforce and we have seen a few drivers who are

happy to drive above the 30mph limit. The message needs to get across

they must slow down."

City councillor for Barnwood, Tarren Randle, says long straight roads like Abbeymead Avenue are particular trouble areas.

"We  campaigned to have chevrons put on the road along here around a

year ago and it seems to have worked, but it is more about awareness

now. "Drivers need to take responsibility for their own actions.

"There are a lot of schools around here and there can be a lot of children and cars out at the same time."

PCSO Kim Mortimer said some drivers only slow down when they see police or high visibility jackets.

"We are here to assist and support, the speedwatch team have had all the training they need," she said.

"We get a lot of reports from the community about speeding in this area.

The Wheatway and Abbeymead Avenue are particularly fast roads.

"An ideal time for speed checks is when schools are kicking out, when people see us out, they do slow down."

Read more from Gloucester Citizen

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters
  • safeandnice  |  December 16 2012, 4:28PM

    yes I know Michael AH. Where the road is less built up you have a 40 or a 50. It depends on the type of road, how built up it and what with. Taken to extreme the M5 has become built up either side but you wouldnt expect that to be 30. Nor would you expect this road to be 60 or 70. Just a straw poll on what limit people here would expect for this type of road.

    Rate 0
    Report
  • Michael_AH  |  December 16 2012, 12:12PM

    in a built up area even - I swear this site randomises characters in comments sometimes

    Rate 0
    Report
  • Michael_AH  |  December 16 2012, 12:11PM

    safeandnice, you need to look for speed limit signs. Ia a built up area, unless signs say otherwise, the maximum speed is 30mph

    Rate 0
    Report
  • dcfc79  |  December 16 2012, 11:20AM

    To add to what lolmyopinion said im not entirely sure all drivers know the speed limit on certain roads eg abbeymead avenue. If your in a rush then 1 should have left earlier.

    Rate   2
    Report
  • safeandnice  |  December 16 2012, 9:45AM

    Going only by the photos alone, those dont look like normal housing estate roads with kids playing in the streets or town centre roads with houses at the edge of the pavement. They look like link roads joining one estate to another with the pavement set back from the road edge. Press the green arrow if you think in clear conditions most people travel about 35 along it so the limit should be 40. Press the red arrow below if you think 30 is right. Just a poll

    Rate   1
    Report
  • IsitJimKerr  |  December 16 2012, 8:36AM

    While I'm fully in favour of obeying the speed limits, a part-time 'army' is not what is required. We need the old fashioned 'panda' cars, patrolling our streets, and actually stopping dangerous driving. I both agree and disagree with some comments here. We can all say that it's not just speed that contributes, but if we take that element out, we can then try and educate drivers about the other faults. Tailgating is my biggest fear. I travel through lanes, and in the country where an animal might jump out from a hedge. If I stop, can the tailgaters? I slow down, that just gets them madder, so they overtake, but at least if there is a crash, it will be at a lower speed. Chevrons are no good on low speed roads, they take too much concentration when there are so many other things to consider. On motorways, brilliant, but then also there are too many idiots who have absoulutely no idea what the 'two second rule' is. As for taking your eyes off the road to look at your speedo. You must have only just learnt to drive if you cannot judge the speed of your vehicle, determined by road noise, engine noise etc. You only need to mementarily glance at your speedo every half minute or so. As well, those complaining of enforcement of the rules and laws will be those to complain first if joyriders were to do the same outside their houses all day.

    Rate   5
    Report
  • Laplands  |  December 15 2012, 11:34PM

    Yet another band of wannabes. So what exactly are the council taxes we pay to the police being used for because now they have yet another sattelite organisation doing their job. I take it these people who are trying to stop people speeding either (A) dont drive or (B) have some device fitted to their car which actually stops them from speeding. Another dopey councillor for Barnwood, Tarren Randle, says long straight roads like Abbeymead Avenue are particular trouble areas. "We campaigned to have chevrons put on the road along here around a year ago and it seems to have worked. Clearly that is a load of the proverbial brown smelly stuff because if it had worked then there would be no need for the dads army of comminity speedwatch. Some people really need to get a life.

    Rate   1
    Report
  • lolmyopinion  |  December 15 2012, 5:32PM

    Speed isn't the only factor that contributes towards dangerous or careless driving. What about driving too close to the car in front? Pulling out of a junction without looking in both directions? Trying to light a cigarette whilst driving? Driving with defective tyres? If someone is doing 34 along a 30 zone will they be reported by this group to police for dangerous driving? Do I need to start driving whilst fixated on my speedo? Would I be correct in assuming that most of these volunteers are retired with nothing better to do?

    Rate   3
    Report
  • lolmyopinion  |  December 15 2012, 5:27PM

    Speed isn't the only factor that contributes towards dangerous or careless driving. What about driving too close to the car in front? Pulling out of a junction without looking in both directions? Trying to light a cigarette whilst driving? Driving with defective tyres? If someone is doing 34 along a 30 zone will they be reported by this group to police for dangerous driving? Do I need to start driving whilst fixated on my speedo? Would I be correct in assuming that most of these volunteers are retired with nothing better to do?

    Rate   4
    Report
  • safeandnice  |  December 15 2012, 3:37PM

    It might help to decide which roads should really be 40 to reinforce the ones that should be 30

    Rate   5
    Report

      YOUR COMMENTS AWAITING MODERATION

       
       

      MORE NEWS HEADLINES