Exmouth residents calling for speed cameras on Hulham Road say it is a ‘matter of time’ before speeding motorists kill or injure a pedestrian.
PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 October 2018
Hulham Road residents say it is only a ‘matter of time’ before speeding motorists kill or injure a pedestrian.
The warning comes from residents campaigning for the installation of speed cameras to halt ‘impatient, speeding, drivers’ treating Hulham Road ‘as if on a racetrack’.
Jill Richards and Ed Lee collected 240 signatures from frustrated residents who despair at the noise and speed of traffic in Hulham Road.
Speaking at Devon County Council’s (DCC) full council meeting last week, Jill called for covert speed checks at peak times and the introduction of speed cameras on the road, which has a 30mph speed limit.
She said it is ‘only a matter of time before someone suffers a very serious injury or worse’.
A petition presented to Councillor Megan Armstrong, ward member for Halsdon, Exmouth then handed to Devon County Council leader John Hart. Devon County Council will now consider the appeal.
Addressing DCC, Jill Richards said: “With the large amount of traffic, especially at peak times during the day and in the early evening, it would appear that Hulham Road has become a main road into Exmouth, but unlike the others in Exeter Road and Salterton Road, it has no speed cameras.
“Residents are repeatedly intimidated by impatient speeding drivers trying to pass them when they are trying to exit or enter their own properties. It is very difficult for some to exit because of the restricted views; some have to go around vans parked on the pavements.
“One person has had their car written off, and a garden wall has been demolished as drivers speed along the road with total disregard to the speed limit. It is only a matter of time before someone suffers a very serious injury, or worse.
“It seems motorcyclists especially see our lovely wide open road in front of them as a signal to increase their speed and drive as if on a racetrack; the noise sounds more like an aeroplane taking off.
“The illuminated slow down signs at the top and bottom of the road have had no effect at all; we feel the best way to enforce that traffic slows down would be to replace them with two speed cameras in more effective positions.