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High Street speeds ‘ridiculous’

Thursday, 05 December 2013

A Honiton town councillor has called for 20mph speed restrictions to be enforced in High Street due to ‘ridiculous’ driving in the town centre.
Councillor Peter Corke voiced his concerns at a recent town council meeting (November 11th) and was supported by Councillor Cathryn Andrews who also called for a similar restriction in New Street.
Councillor Corke said: “I think it is very dangerous. I have listed nine reasons for requesting this but they are all pretty common sense items that are happening in High Street day after day.
“We have so many jay-walkers in High Street and sometimes they do not even bother to look left or right. If somebody comes blasting through at a ridiculous speed, pedestrians are likely to be killed. It is common knowledge.
“Smaller villages like Sidbury and Sidford have got 20mph speed limits. I think every town in the country should have these restrictions in place.
Councillor Corke also said that the pedestrian crossings in High Street should be adapted to help people with impaired hearing to cross safely.
He said: “The crossing by the post office is so quiet that people can hardly hear it. Any deaf person could easily be mowed down.The longer it goes on the more you think that someone will be killed before they do anything about it.
The issue has been postponed while the police gather further information on the possibility of a speed limit change. They are due to report back at the next town council meeting on Monday, December 9th.
Councillor Corke added: “Trying to get these things changed these days is like reaching for the moon but a number of councillors I have asked are in agreement with me. Hopefully by the time of the next council meeting we will know where we can go with this.”

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