Police speed checks on a stretch of road in Gateshead revealed that 36,000 drivers broke the speed limit on it in just seven days - two thirds of all the drivers whose speeds were monitored.
The road in to the Gateshead Metrocentre has a 30mph speed limit, 36,000 of the 48,000 drivers using the road during the speed checks broke the limit. 65 drivers were clocked at doing more than 60mph and nine topped 70mph on the centre's access and perimeter roads.
Special constables Kevin Thompson were involved in checking on motorists speeds, speakiing to Chronicallive.co.uk special constable Thompson said:
“Michael and I regularly patrol the Metrocentre road network and at peak times it astounds us that motorists will exceed the speed limit in such a manner,” Special Constable Thompson said.
“St Michael’s Way in particular attracts the most speeders.
“There’s a sharp, tight corner at the end where we’ve attended umpteen collisions because drivers have been exceeding the 30mph limit – luckily no-one has been killed or seriously injured.”
Measures are now being brought in to combat excessive speed including LED signs, new traffic islands and road markings. Establishing pinch points – using traffic islands and similar devices seems to be a favoured method among traffic engineers for slowing down traffic however it can put cyclists at risk as traffic is funneled through a narrowed gap in which many motorists still believe there is room to pass a bicycle – even when there isn't.
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