INTERACTIVE flashing signs have been installed at two North Devon accident black spots. The signs – on the A39 near Waytown, between Horns Cross and Bucks Cross, and on the A377 at Leigh Cross, Chulmleigh – can identify speeding vehicles and flash a mess

INTERACTIVE flashing signs have been installed at two North Devon accident black spots.

The signs - on the A39 near Waytown, between Horns Cross and Bucks Cross, and on the A377 at Leigh Cross, Chulmleigh - can identify speeding vehicles and flash a message to the drivers warning them to "SLOW DOWN".

The locations have been chosen in response to the annual review of crashes in the area conducted by Devon County Council highways officers and Devon and Cornwall Police. There have been nine injury collisions over the past three years at these sites, which includes one crash where a motorist was killed.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: "Once again, last year we saw another reduction in the amount of people being killed on Devon's roads. By working effectively with our partners, such as Devon and Cornwall Police and using the crash records, we can target and prioritise our resources to where they're needed the most.

"Flashing interactive signs are a relatively new tool and they have proved extremely effective in lowering the number of collisions, and in some cases totally eradicating them."

Devon County Council has already achieved the target set by central Government in 2000 to reduce the number of road users killed and seriously injured in the county by 40 per cent by 2010.