Police catch more than eighty speeding drivers, in just one hour, on road on edge of Norwich

PUBLISHED: 20:02 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:00 15 May 2018

Watton Road in Colney.

Watton Road in Colney. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

More than 220 drivers who ignored a temporary speed limit on the edge of Norwich are facing fines, points and speed awareness courses, after being caught zooming through £1.7m roadworks.

At one point during monitoring, Norfolk police caught more than 80 people, in the space of just one hour, who were paying no heed to the temporary 30mph limit on the B1108 Watton Road near Colney.

One driver was caught speeding at just under 50mph in the 30mph section.

Police have been carrying out speed checks in the area over the past few weeks and will continue to do so in the months leading up to September, when the work to wide the road is due to be finished.

Chief inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision - alongside drink driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

“Speed limits, even temporary ones, are in place for a reason – drivers shouldn’t use these limits as targets; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions. The faster you are travelling, the less time you have to react to the unexpected and stop safely.”

Norfolk County Council is spending £1.7m to widen a three-quarter-mile stretch of the road between the A47 and Hethersett Lane junction by around two metres.

The road is the main route between the A47, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Norwich Research Park and work is set to continue until Friday, September 14.

Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s communities committee, said: “Breaking the speed limit puts the people who are working close to the moving traffic in danger.

“It’s shocking to hear that one person was clocked doing 49mph in the clearly marked 30mph section.

“We’ve been working closely with the police who are carrying out regular checks and I’d urge people to always drive carefully and observe the speed limits that help to keep themselves and road workers safe.”

David Bills, local county councillor for the Humbleyard division which includes Colney, said: “I know this is a busy stretch of road, and that roadworks can be frustrating at times, but I’m grateful that most people drive carefully and stick to under the speed limit, but we are finding that some people are still not safe.”

“It’s great to have the ongoing support of the police in keeping our roads safe. And people will soon be seeing an added reminder of the temporary limit through the roadworks in the form of a vehicle activated 30mph sign that we’re putting in place.”

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