New speed signs at North Devon blackspots

SPEEDING motorists are to be targeted with new temporary flashing signs at various locations across North Devon. Devon County Council has identified 15 speeding blackspots in the area following a review carried out in response to community concerns and t

SPEEDING motorists are to be targeted with new temporary flashing signs at various locations across North Devon.

Devon County Council has identified 15 speeding blackspots in the area following a review carried out in response to community concerns and through partnership working with the police and speed data collection.

The new interactive signs identify vehicles that are travelling too fast and flash a message to the drivers telling them to slow down. They also remind drivers of the speed limit and are used to educate rather than prosecute motorists.

The signs will be placed at: A388 Stibb Cross; Saunton Road, Braunton;


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B3237 Higher Clovelly; Lifton; A388 Clawton; B3137 Alswear; Goodleigh Road, Barnstaple; Alverdiscott Road, Bideford; B3236 Buckleigh Road, Westward Ho!; Filleigh; B3233 Fremington; Slade Road, Ilfracombe; Westacott Road, Barnstaple; Shirwell; and Sticklepath, near Okehampton

Steve Fletcher from Buckleigh Road in Westward Ho!, said: "Following nearly two years of work with local residents, police, county councillors and county council highways staff, we welcome the move to set up a new flashing speed repeater sign so that it encourages and educates local people and visitors that it is a 30mph zone in the residential area of Buckleigh Road. People need to understand that it is unacceptable for people to drive over the speed limit and that slowing down will benefit the whole community."

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Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: "Speeding in local communities has been highlighted as a major concern for residents and these devices are popular with them as they are a proven method of reducing speeds. By reducing speeds we can help improve the quality of life in communities as well as helping us to reduce crash related incidents on these stretches of road.

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