Maniac' drivers are putting lives at risk
PUBLISHED: 06:30 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:45 31 May 2010
A THAXTED man believes it will take a serious accident before the police take action against speeding motorists along Newbiggen Street. Scott Streeter, 28, has lived in Thaxted for a year and a half and moved into the street with his fiancee Leona Chapman
A THAXTED man believes it will take a serious accident before the police take action against speeding motorists along Newbiggen Street.
Scott Streeter, 28, has lived in Thaxted for a year and a half and moved into the street with his fiancee Leona Chapman two months ago.
He is shocked at how fast cars and motorbikes travel in the 30 miles per hour zone.
He said: "People just don't care about the speed limit and they drive like absolute maniacs along a residential street where lots of young families live.
"It is an accident waiting to happen, as a vehicle travelling at 10 or 20 miles per hour over the limit would not have a chance of swerving out of the way of a child that had stepped out into the road, or a car that was reversing out of a parking bay.
"I fully appreciate that Thaxted is probably not too high on the police's list of priorities, and that they are low on resources, but this really is a major issue and somebody is going to get hurt sooner or later."
Mr Streeter, a building society manager, says pets are not safe either due to cars not slowing down quickly enough as they enter the village.
"I saw a cat almost get run over the other day, and I have to be on my guard at all times when I take my dog out for walks," he said.
"There is also the issue of noise pollution, which is vastly increased when reckless drivers speed past.
"Many of the cars that shoot past have huge exhaust pipes on them, and it is an absolute nightmare at weekends having to listen to them screeching off into the distance.
"It's especially bad now as its the summer and we have the doors and windows open all the time."
He said he had spoken to his local police community support officer, PC Mike O'Donnell Smith, who told him that a speed gun is lying dormant at the
Saffron Walden station, so hopefully some action will be taken in the near future.
Saffron Walden police Sgt Ashley Seymour said: "We do indeed have a speed device at Saffron Walden that is available for officers to use to assess the levels of speeding when we are made aware of a problem."
"It is not lying dormant, however, as it is used by many of the officers who work here."
He said speeding vehicles were a problem in many villages but the number of checks they can make in any one village is limited by the availability of staff and having suitable locations to conduct the speed checks.
He added: "We have conducted speed checks in the past in Thaxted and will do so again to assess the level of the problem.
"But it is most certainly not a case of waiting for someone to be injured or worse before we do so."
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