Residents in Steam Mills perturbed by speeding traffic are taking matters into
their own hands by monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through the village.
If you have driven through Steam Mills this week you may have seen locals in high visibility jackets using speed detectors. Steam Mills Community Speed Watch has been set up to highlight to motorists that the villagers appreciate careful driving.
During the past 5 years, over 200 Gloucestershire community groups have made use of the hand held radar speed detection guns. Although the community cannot prosecute those travelling above the speed limit, they are liaising with the police to identify problem areas and times.
Concerned mum, Kate Thorne, who is spearheading a campaign to reduce Steam Mills to 30mph said that most people were obeying the law; “We have found that the majority of people are abiding by the speed limit which is encouraging, however we would prefer people to drive through our community at 30mph. For a pedestrian, it would be the difference between life and death.”
Kate is in conversation with Gloucestershire County Council about the dangers of the road but whilst decisions are being considered the community will be trying to minimise speeds by introducing interesting street furniture. Coming soon you will find a range of scarecrows, models and signs aimed to intrigue drivers and squeeze the breaks.
To sign the petition to reduce Steam Mills to 30mph visit https://www.change.org/p/gloucestershire-highways-reduce-steam-mills-to-30mph
Fore more information and to register your community visit the Road Safety Team http://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk