More than 16,000 speed violations recorded in just four weeks by warning sign in Freethorpe

An illuminated 30mph sign. Picture: Sonya Duncan

An illuminated 30mph sign. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2010

Thousands of motorists could have been hit with penalties as they passed through a Norfolk village in the space of four weeks, a council has found.

Research carried out by Freethorpe Parish Council into speeding through the village discovered that the 30mph speed limit was broken more than 16,000 times.

Over a four week period between January 25 and February 22, the council placed a speed warning sign on Reedham Road, which recorded speeds of traffic passing by - though it did not record any registration numbers.

Of the 30,351 times the sign was passed, on 16,726 occasions the vehicle was breaking the 30mph speed limit. On one occasion - on a Friday at 5pm, a vehicle was travelling as fast as 70mph.

Stephen Williamson, parish clerk, said: 'Our findings were very concerning, particularly given that the sign was placed just a quarter of a mile down the road from a school.'

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