17,800 motorists break 40mph speed limit on Boston road in six days
ALMOST 40 per cent of vehicles using one of the main routes in and out of Boston are travelling in excess of the speed limit.
Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) carried out a survey on London Road over a six-day period in April between 7am and 7pm each day and found 17,803 of 45,700 vehicles were doing more than the 40mph allowed.
The statistics were released under the Freedom of Information Act to local resident Darron Abbott.
He told the Target: “We’ve lived here for three years and the speeding problems have got progressively worse.
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“Forty-three of the vehicles recorded were doing more than 65mph which is above the national speed limit let alone the 40mph speed limit.
“It’s not just the other motorists that need to be considered, it’s also the cyclists and pedestrians.”
He added: “We’re not asking for the speed limit to be reduced, we just want the existing limit enforced.
“If nothing is done it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed.”
LRSP spokesman John Siddle said that the group looked at vehicles doing 10mph or more above the speed limit as the measure of whether or not there is a “significant problem.”
And he pointed out that only 1,400 of the vehicles recorded during the London Road survey fell into that category.
Mr Siddle also noted that there had been 42 collisions on the B1397 between Boston and Kirton – of which London Road is part – in the last three years with only 11 being attributed to excess speed.
Of the 42 collisions four had resulted in serious injuries but none of these were classed as speed-related incidents.
Mr Siddle said London Road did not meet any of the required criteria to justify either fixed or mobile speed cameras.
As such, he said, enforcement of the speed limit would be left to local police on an ad hoc basis.
However, he added that there was “good news” for those concerned about the issue of speeding on the B1397.
The stretch of road between Wyberton and Kirton that is currently set at the national speed limit is due to become a 50mph. zone.