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17,800 motorists break 40mph speed limit on Boston road in six days

By Boston Target  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

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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.

“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.

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  • nigelsparky  |  July 02 2012, 11:38AM

    Oh right sorry went over my head

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  • SS29252  |  July 01 2012, 11:02PM

    ""The faster you go the more likely you are to die" Bit of a sweeping statement don't you think!!!" Yes it is Nigel, it was a tongue in cheek comment with a hint of sarcasm. Still, in any collision, I think the higher the speed the greater the damage in most cases.

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  • nigelsparky  |  July 01 2012, 10:25PM

    "The faster you go the more likely you are to die" Bit of a sweeping statement don't you think!!!

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  • SS29252  |  July 01 2012, 6:32PM

    "On the subject of physics, speed doesn't actually "kill" it's the sudden stopping." True, and the faster you go the more likely you are to die.

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  • Ian_Heighton  |  July 01 2012, 2:57PM

    It would be extremely rare for any collision to being solely caused by a speeding driver. Speed is always a contributory factor, in some cases actually going faster would avoid a collision and save an injury or life. Any collision requires 2 or more objects to be in the same place at the same time and one driver would have no influence on the other object, whether a pedestrian, cyclist, lamp post or even tree. I'm sure that you are aware that the faster 2 objects are moving, the more difficult it is for them to collide. Put it another way, as a pedestrian, when you cross a busy road, do you a) Cross as slowly as possible or b) Cross as fast as possible?

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  July 01 2012, 10:49AM

    "FreedomSpeech If you have a family member seriously injured or even killed because of a speeding driver, let's see if you have the same outlook then?????????" Which would be a fair point if I'd actually spoken up in support of speeding drivers. But I didn't did I Adrain? Just your basic inability to grasp a simple concept.

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  • GrahamKSmith  |  July 01 2012, 1:50AM

    Might I please suggest that, if 40% of motorists are apparently exceeding the speed limit without there being a significant increase in the number or severity of road traffic collisions, one obvious conclusion is that the speed limit should be raised?

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  • nigelsparky  |  June 30 2012, 11:02PM

    The problem adrian with this speeding business is everyone assumes that all these drivers were going like a bat out of hell , but in reality they probably weren't, but they won't ever release those figures.

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  • Adrian1208  |  June 30 2012, 10:45PM

    FreedomSpeech If you have a family member seriously injured or even killed because of a speeding driver, let's see if you have the same outlook then?????????

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  • nigelsparky  |  June 29 2012, 2:35PM

    On the subject of physics, speed doesn't actually "kill" it's the sudden stopping.

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