Forty Foot Road: Casualty cop agrees action is needed

The Forty Foot Bank is a unique road, according to Pc Mick McCready, Cambridgeshire Police Force s casualty reduction officer. He said the road was unique in the county, if not the country, running as it did beside the river. In other respects, however, i

The Forty Foot Bank is a unique road, according to Pc Mick McCready, Cambridgeshire Police Force's casualty reduction officer.

He said the road was unique in the county, if not the country, running as it did beside the river. In other respects, however, it was a "typical Fenland road."

He said: "I am in favour of measures which would reduce accidents but the onus must be on drivers to drive responsibly. There is a 50 mile an hour speed limit and if people drove at that speed, the road would be safe. But we regularly prosecute people doing 70 or 80 miles an hour."

Pc McCready said lighting would help make the road safer and so would a Spec (speed enforcement camera) which measured the whole speed along the three-mile road. This would be more effective than a single camera, which would mean drivers would just slow down at a single spot.


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He said it was not practical to impose an overtaking ban, though there was rarely a need to overtake on such a short road.

"The road is not dangerous if people drive properly but people do make mistakes and for those people, we must try to do something.

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