Officer encourages drivers to take part in speed limit consultation
"I'VE seen the devastation speeding can cause - don't think it isn't a problem."
That is the message from Humberside Police's casualty reduction officer to anyone tempted to break speed limits.
PC Barry Gardner is encouraging people to take part in a public consultation on limits on our roads, as latest casualty statistics are revealed.
In the past year, there was a slight reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured in car accidents in North East Lincolnshire, decreasing to 27 from 29.
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The number of collisions which caused slight injuries remained the same, at 170.
As reported, motorists are being invited to have their say on the speed management strategy for North East Lincolnshire, which is seeking to cut speed limits on a number of key routes.
Two of those – the A180, in Grimsby, and stretches of the A18 – could be reduced to 50mph.
Other roads have been identified as speeding hotspots and could have mobile speed cameras in position to catch motorists.
The deadline to have your say in writing has been extended to August 17.
PC Gardner said: "The aim is not to catch drivers out; the aim is to deter drivers from exceeding limits in the first instance, therefore making the roads a safer place.
"There is a potential for further areas of North East Lincolnshire to have mobile camera enforcement.
"If and when there are additional speed cameras deployed around the area as a matter of routine, then that area will be well publicised in the Telegraph and motorists will receive warnings that there may well be cameras in the vicinity."
The speed reduction consultation has been criticised by Keith Peat, a former police traffic officer and Lincolnshire's co-ordinator for the British Drivers' Association.
He said: "Speed cameras miss the objective; we should focus on other problems rather than being obsessed with speed.
"Speeding can't cause accidents. The cameras do not help monitor road safety because they cannot see the causes of accidents.
"I think if a dangerous area is identified, sort it out rather than install a speed camera.
"The cause should be identified rather than snapping away at the speed of the vehicle.
"The positive effects are exaggerated because cameras do not stop accidents and sometimes cause them instead."
But PC Gardner said research had been carried out on the worst areas in the borough to identify the routes where speed is excessive.
He replied: "I would like to take the person who says speeding can not cause accidents to the scene of some of the collisions I have attended over the years and see what they have to say having seen the devastation it can cause."
He said he listened to certain pressure groups who campaign against cameras and speed enforcement and who say that road safety groups should focus on other issues.
PC Gardner added: "We do focus on all aspects of road safety, we enforce drink/drug drive legislation, mobile phone legislation, careless/dangerous driving issues and non compliance of seat belts rigorously.
"We are constantly evaluating areas that show up as collision hot spots and with limited funds trying to engineer our roads safer.
"Speed enforcement plays a small but important part in our attempts to make the roads safer for everyone."
The officer said he was particularly keen to see speed reduction on the A180 from Moody Lane to Lockhill roundabout restricted to 50mph.