Cambs speed changes could prove dangerous
I NOTE with concern the proposals to introduce more confusing, randomly-changing speed limits on a stretch of the A1123 (The Hunts Post, October 21). This is not an attempt to argue against speed limits, but is a serious appeal for common sense to prevail
I NOTE with concern the proposals to introduce more confusing, randomly-changing speed limits on a stretch of the A1123 (The Hunts Post, October 21).
This is not an attempt to argue against speed limits, but is a serious appeal for common sense to prevail and for consistent limits to be set. It is evident that limits don't deter the determined speedster, who continue to break whatever limits are set, (such as the idiot who overtook me at at least 65 in a 40 limit recently).
Some would say switching limits so often is a cynical ploy to generate revenue from the unlucky motorist who prefers to keep a watch for danger on the road. But my point is that to change the limit continually over very short sections of road, in fact reduces safety margins considerably.
Drivers must constantly check and adjust their vehicle's speed on such roads, for example the stretch through Whittlesey, Eastrea and Coates. This road has many short sections of speed limit, changing between 30, 40, 50, and 60 all along its length. Drivers must watch out for a new limit often a few yards from the previous one. Consequently, they could spend far too much time looking out for signs hidden by bushes, and at their vehicle's speedometer, rather than the road conditions.
For any given road, to install differential limits will mean drivers will necessarily spend much less time in future looking at the actual road than at present.
I would much rather be looking out for kids in villages and other road hazards, than having to keep changing and checking.
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By all means limit that stretch of A1123 to 40, or even 50; but let's keep it consistent for longer lengths of road than these proposals.