Slowing down the speeders
In the next few weeks local villages will be prepping their presentations to the County Council panel that sits in judgment and decides at the end of January which bids are going to get Local Highways Improvement funding. Many of the bids this year that I have seen = and helped on where asked = have been to do with slowing down the speed of vehicles passing through our villages. Increasingly residents are ready and willing to install "hard" methods such as speed bumps, chicanes and the like. because speeding does not seem to be controllable by any other means. 'I am seeing fewer bids for 20 mph speed limits, for example, because people believe that these limits will be ignored and are not going to be enforced. I know that Ickleton have over the past few years put in a series of traffic calming measures, and the road bumps at Newton have been very well received. Along the A505 the call is for safer junctions to villages. Whittlesford wants chicanes along Duxford Road.
Controlling speeding takes many forms. It is a police matter but the police increasingly argue that given limited resources their priorities are on serious crime. It is true that this part of South Cambs is a low crime area. However, I will be meeting our divisional chief inspector in a few weeks time and one key issue for discussion is speeding enforcement. There have been complaints in Fowlmere and near Whittlesford station of boy racer types going for it on Friday nights on our roads.I saw for myself a car race along the A505 ;ate one evening a few months back. I reported it, but not to much interest.
As Abraham Lincoln remarked "laws without enforcement are simply good advice".