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Villages work together to tackle long-standing speeding problems

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 July 2015

MP Dr Dan Poulter chatting to Tony Fryatt, cabinet member for planning at Suffolk Coastal, at the SAVID launch.

MP Dr Dan Poulter chatting to Tony Fryatt, cabinet member for planning at Suffolk Coastal, at the SAVID launch.

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Seven villages in east Suffolk have teamed up to launch a new project aimed at tackling the problem of speeding in their communities.

SAVID – Safer Village Driving – will be taking ideas and suggestions put forward by residents on addressing excessive driving speeds to draw up plans for education, awareness and action to reduce speeding in the villages over the next year.

The aim is to work together to be “a strong and united voice” to engage with the police, county highways, Suffolk Coastal, businesses and other bodies to “address this long standing and increasingly dangerous issue”.

Boulge, Burgh, Charsfield, Clopton, Debach, Great Bealings and Otley have formed SAVID.

Speeding along both the unrestricted B1078 and the 30mph restricted part of the B1079 is recognised as a major problem by Clopton residents.

A traffic survey carried out by the police on the B1078 recorded 19,203 vehicle movements in one week, 4,420 of which were travelling at 50mph or more.

In Debach police found that 60% of traffic was exceeding the 30mph limit.

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dan Poulter said: “Speeding and reckless drivers are a major problem in many of our rural villages in Suffolk and this new initiative was started with the aim of looking at ways of working together to combat dangerous driving.

“Many of us find ourselves in a hurry and do not think carefully about our speed when driving along some of our narrow country lanes, which are not exclusively used by motorists but also by pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

“It is too easy to make mistakes while driving at at high speed and the SAVID campaign is absolutely key to improving road safety and I strongly support this important community project.”

The project was launched by Dr Poulter with Susan Harvey, chairman of Suffolk Coastal, and Tony Fryatt, district cabinet member for planning, at Clopton village hall with invited guests from the communities involved.

Also present were representatives from Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk Highways, the Quiet Lanes initiative, Suffolk Community Action and Speedwatch to answer residents’ questions relating to their role and explain how they can support SAVID going forward.

There was a display of more than 150 anti-speeding posters designed by pupils from Kyson, Otley and Charsfield primary schools.

SAVID is already undertaking work to raise the profile of speeding by such initiatives as SpeedWatch and with the purchase of 30 mph stickers for wheelie bins.

Committee members are encouraging residents to bring forward ideas.

A spokesman said: “This requires us not only challenge our own driving behaviours, but also to put forward ideas and present our concerns to those agencies and individuals who are responsible for road safety in order to achieve tangible results.”

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