New speeding deterrent arrives in Haverhill
A new speed activation sign has been introduced to Haverhill in a bid to prevent vehicles being driven too fast in a clutch of the town’s roads.
The portable sign can be taken from one location to another and simply clipped on to a post using a bracket.
It also gathers data which can be downloaded to help establish how effective it is
It will be used at five different locations; Haverhill Road in Little Wratting, close to the junction with Ann Suckling Road, Bergamot Road, Coupals Road, Bumpstead Road and Hollands Road and each time a vehicle approaches above 30mph the sign flashes to prompt drivers to slow down.
Town, borough and county councillor, Tony Brown used some of his county highways budget to pay for the sign, which has come to fruition as the result of some joint working with Haverhill Police Inspector Peter Ferrie.
Cllr Brown said: “It (speeding) comes up perennially at Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) meetings and we just tried to see what we could do to help and this was one of the things that helps.
“It’s the first time it’s been used in a town, all the other ones in Suffolk are in villages and run by parish councils so this is the first time there’s been a partnership between Suffolk County Council and the community police team, so it’s a great project.”
The portable nature of the sign is also beneficial, added Cllr Brown: “They’ve found evidence that if you leave them in one place for a long time people just ignore them, so if you move them around it refreshes people’s minds about them.”
PCSO Sophie Mitchell, has been trained in how to assemble and take down the sign, explained Insp Ferrie.
He added: “I’m really grateful to Cllr Brown for funding this.
“We’ve had regular complaints at the old style SNT meetings on speeding at the sites listed.
“Hopefully it will keep the town’s roads safe.”
One resident of Haverhill Road, Little Wratting was pleased to see the sign up.
She said: “It doesn’t matter what it is, cars, lorries or buses, whatever, I think it makes you think.”