study: 58% of Burnham drivers breaking speed limit on busy road
calls have been made this week for more safety improvements along
a busy Burnham-On-Sea road after a new survey revealed over half
of drivers are exceeding the 30mph limit.
speed indicator device installed in Burnham's Stoddens Road recorded
58% of drivers exceeding the 30mph limit during a 16-day period
between March 29th and April 13th this year.
study of 30,010 vehicles found 12,579 were driven at or below
the speed limit of 30mph. But 16,759 vehicles travelled between
30-40mph, while 645 drivers travelled between 40mph-50mph, and
27 vehicles were recorded driving over 50mph.
Phil Harvey, whose family lives in Stoddens Road, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week:
"Speeding is still a concern along Stoddens Road - these
new figures show that there is an issue even though the
number of accidents has fallen since traffic calming was introduced."
year, we reported how £20,000 of safety
improvements were introduced along Burnham's Stoddens Road
with new road markings and a 20mph limit on the bend near the Rectory
Burnham County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton, right,
who secured funding for the traffic calming sheme, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I'm pleased that there has been some improvement in reducing
speeds along Stoddens Road."
traffic calming scheme has helped to reduce speeds and there have
been no accidents on the sharp bend near the Rectory Road junction
since the works were completed."
Somerset County Council spokesman added: "The median speed
in Stoddens Road for March and April was calculated at 30mph which
is compliant with the posted speed limit of 30mph. The 85% speed
for March was calculated as 34mph which is 2mph below the intervention
limit of 36mph and for April the 85% speed was 35mph which is
1mph below the intervention limit. The intervention limit is the
speed at which a location is deemed to have a speeding issue."
Police are continuing to monitor speeds along the road and say they do carry out enforcement when needed.