Police tackle speeding issue

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A road safety watchdog has praised the actions of police to ease the speeding problem along Halifax Road, Brighouse.

Since the police and civilians with West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Team have increased their presence along the busy road, councillors have been contacted by residents praising their actions.

Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) told members of Brighouse Road Safety Committee that it had generally slowed people down because they were there at all times of the day. “They were still there one night when it was dark at 8pm. There are certainly sending the message home that the police do mean business.

“People are driving up and down there much more carefully and sticking to the 30mph speed limit.

“The police with the equipment there are appearing at different times of the day and it is working and is sinking in. This has been on a regular occurrence over the past six months. Finally the message is sinking in.”

Councillor Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) agreed. “The residents of Halifax Road are so thankful to the police for going up there. People are saying well done to the police.”

Members were however concerned about the issue with speeding around the crossroads in Rastrick near to the Sun Inn pub. They said that around 200 metres in each directions there is a problem with traffic travelling too fast.

Chair Ann Rutherford said: “Perhaps we could suggest that this site is added to the list for the mobile speed cameras. Hopefully it will have the same effect it has had on Halifax Road.

“I have noticed down by the Casa along Elland Road they are speeding when coming past.”

They suggested that both the 30mph speed limit signs could be moved so traffic has slowed down by the time they reach the residential areas.

“Moving the sign will in effect give the driver more chance to slow down before they get to the residential,” said vice chair Pat Oates.

Bradford Road, Brighouse, was also discussed. Councillor Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) said: “There are a number of issues involving parking close to the park and children running out from in between them which is a road safety concern.

“However parking vehicles on both sides of the road does slow traffic down. A long term solution is needed along here. I don’t know what the solution is. We need to speak with residents and highways.”