Speed crackdown on busy road

POLICE are carrying out speed checks and issuing penalty tickets to stop cars and motorbikes roaring up and down a busy village street.

POLICE are carrying out speed checks and issuing penalty tickets to stop cars and motorbikes roaring up and down a busy village street.

Residents have grown increasingly worried there could be an accident on Trimley High Road with some vehicles paying no attention to the 30mph limit.

One resident said he could hear the cars roaring past his home at night - and had seen some going very fast during the day, too.

“A motorbike went past my house and must have been doing 60mph or 70mph - I waved at him to slow down but he just stuck two fingers up,” he said.

“There is a shop, pub and the Reeve Lodge old people's complex along this stretch and there could be the most horrific accident with speeds like that.”

Suffolk Coastal councillor Graham Harding said: “I think the problem is there is a long stretch of straight between Trimley St Mary and Trimley St Martin and cars and motorcycles just accelerate really fast along there.

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“It is critical action is taken because now Kirton and Falkenham don't have a post office, more people are coming into Trimley to use the one here and it is getting busier than ever.

“I have asked the village police officer to monitor the area with his radar gun regularly and he is planning to do that immediately.”

Suffolk Coastal councillor Richard Kerry said: “Speeding vehicles is a big worry because it is very busy road at times.

“We have been concerned for many years about the problem and it just needs regular attention and perhaps a few penalty tickets to be issued.”

He hoped the new “20s Plenty” project outside Trimley St Mary Primary School - asking drivers to do maximum of 20mph at school times - would help draw motorists' attention to the fact that it was a village road with a 30mph limit and encourage drivers to slow down.

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