Speed guns out on village roads

Traffic police officer Sgt Steve Hardman, Coun Chris Bailey, village officer PC Vicki Doherty, and Singleton Service Station owner Darren Soothill
Traffic police officer Sgt Steve Hardman, Coun Chris Bailey, village officer PC Vicki Doherty, and Singleton Service Station owner Darren Soothill
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PUT the brakes on your speed – or face the full force of the law.

That was the message to hundreds of local drivers who are consistently speeding through Singleton village.

Police were shocked when statistics revealed more than 80 per cent of the drivers being clocked over the limit on the village’s roads were from nearby Poulton, Thornton, Kirkham and Preston.

And yesterday officers headed back out on the streets with their speed guns – and a message to speeding drivers that there will be consequences.

Sgt Steve Hardman, from Lancashire’s road policing unit, said: “Between January and July there were 499 offences – and we only come out once or twice a month.

“We’re getting speeds up to 58mph – local people know the roads and they should know better than driving at those speeds. It’s a concern because Singleton does account for a large proportion of our more serious collisions and this hurry to knock a few minutes off journey times could result in someone being knocked down and killed.”

The issues of speeding is raised constantly in the area’s PACT meetings, and police have now promised they will continue to target speeders in the village.

They are also planning to start a community roadwatch scheme, which will see local people set up their own speed traps and send warning letters to drivers.

Parish councillor Chris Bailey added: “The speedwatch is very important because it’s helping to protect lives in the village.”