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Burley residents put the brake on speeders
A councillor took to the streets in a bid to tackle racing drivers after residents raised concerns with her.
Councillor Jackie Whiteley (Con, Wharfedale) joined PCSO Darrin Thompson and police community volunteers Victoria Bilbie and Gerry Barker to carry out random speed checks on the A65, opposite Endor Crescent, in Burley-in-Wharfedale last Wednesday, August 28, between 3pm and 4pm.
The road has a speed limit of 40mph and during the hour Councillor Whiteley spent with the volunteers, six drivers were caught speeding and two drivers were clocked travelling at speeds in the late 50s.
However, many more drivers saw the team and slowed down.
Letters will be send out to all drivers who were caught driving at speeds over 45mph.
Councillor Whiteley said she decided to see for herself what the A65 was like after receiving several comments at her local councillor surgery.
She said: “We all know that speed kills and the A65 in Wharfedale has its fair share of ‘racing drivers’.
“There have been several bad accidents recently, not all related to speed, which are of concern to residents. This week I had an opportunity to accompany our Police Community Support Officer Darrin Thompson and the Police Community Volunteers to do a speed check.
“Changing people’s driving habits is hard but I could see that most people were obeying the limits and those who were driving at speed slowed down when they saw us.
“Reminders like these are important and the team do a great job. I would like to thank them for their efforts and especially the volunteers. Darrin says they will continue to do random checks in Wharfedale and I am sure their good work will help to keep our local roads safe.
“I think random speed checks are an excellent use of police resources and they receive tremendous support from the police community volunteers too.”