2005-01-31

Stats & Intolerance: Police Crackdown on A77 Speeding

Police are launching a crackdown aimed at 'putting the brakes' on speeding drivers on one of Scotland's worst 'accident blackspots'. Two extra police cars and more speed cameras are being introduced on the A77, which links Glasgow and Ayr. Speed cameras on the road are catching an average of 1_800 drivers/month. 11 people died in 8 crashes on the A77 in the past year.
Motorists are ignoring speed limits imposed because of the 152_million_GBP M77 Glasgow Southern Orbital construction project, which is due to be completed in 2005-04. The construction project will extend the M77 from Newton Mearns to Fenwick. It will also provide a new dual carriageway to East Kilbride, by-passing the conservation village of Eaglesham.
Inspector Mr.Gordon Fulton, of Strathclyde Police, said:
'Throughout the term of the project, "safety" on the current A77 has been "paramount", not only to the members of the public using the road but also to the workforce building the road. 'There is now "no hiding place on the A77". The message is clear: if you fail to observe the speed limit you will be caught. 'The number of people killed or injured on the A77 continues to give us 'great cause for concern' and the number of speeding motorists has continued to rise. 'In general, the vast majority of the Ayrshire motoring public has obeyed the speed reduction. 'However, there have always been a considerable number of inconsiderate motorists who have flouted the law and have been prepared to take a chance. 'The A77 has some of the worst driving behaviour in Scotland'.
Mr.Neil Macgillivray, of 'The Strathclyde Safety Camera Partnership', added:
'Whilst the roadworks on the A77 are "on-going", there are construction workers and vehicles in the area at "all times of day and night", also narrowed lanes, re-directions and temporary road surfaces. '"Excessive" speed is seen to be a "serious problem on this road" and where special hazards occur it is necessary to "take measures" to ensure that speeds are brought down accordingly'.
Last summer, police issued a warning to motorists after a single speed camera caught 100 speeders a day during a three-week crackdown on the A77. More than 2_100 people were 'clocked' at the junction with Galston Road over three weeks. One driver was caught travelling at 158_km/hr (98_mph), while another was doing 148_km/hr (92_mph) in a temporary 65_km/hr (40_mph) zone. 'A77 speed net extended by police', BBC NEWS, 2005/01/31 10:20:26 GMT Previously on This Blog... Stats: Road Casualties and Speeding Fines Rise 2004-12 Money: New Fines to Relate to Income 2005-01

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