New device to curb speeding

New Community Speed Watch signs could soon be installed in Rookery Avenue. ANL-150121-162735001
New Community Speed Watch signs could soon be installed in Rookery Avenue. ANL-150121-162735001

A new speed indicator sign to alert motorists to their speeding in real-time is to be temporarily installed across six key areas of Boston.

Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) agreed to fund the speed indicating device (SID), at a cost of £3,198, to include a management fee of £847 plus three per cent per annum.

The battery-powered equipment can be easily moved between locations – with members set to identify six sites throughout the BTAC area for the device to be located.

The Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) has made the equipment available as part of its community Speed Watch programme.

One resident has already suggested that London Road should be one of the locations.

A spokesman for LRSP told The Standard there have been 17 injury collisions in London Road/High Street over the last five years – five of which were serious. In Marsh Lane, he added that there have been several incidents of people ‘racing each other’ in cars.

“The SID’s signs are a good reminder for those drivers who are not paying attention to their speed and provides the community with positive action to manage the speed in their areas,” he said.

“Some versions of the SID sign can retain data showing how many vehicles pass by and at what speed so it can be downloaded.

“Our most vulnerable road users, children, pedestrians and cycle users, can be found in our 30mph zones so it is imperative that drivers obey the speed limit.”

He added: “As speed rises, so the severity of any impact rises. Anyone – especially a child – could step out in front of your vehicle without warning. The chances of survival decreases the faster you are travelling.”

The BTAC / LRSP partnership recommends the signs are more effective if they are moved between locations every two weeks.