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Speeding on the A23
By: Chris Holt, Safer A23 Campaign
A 90-minute speed limit enforcement operation by police during UN Road Safety Week in May caught eleven drivers breaking the 30mph limit on Streatham Hill.
All the offenders received fines and points on their licences – and one was facing a driving ban. Another motorist was fined for driving while using a mobile phone.
A similar operation in April resulted in six speeding tickets being issued in just over an hour. On both days, speeds in excess of 50mph were recorded.
The risk of death from being hit by a car rises massively with speed of the vehicle. At 40mph the risk of death is 90%. At 30pm the risk of death is 50%. At 20mph the risk of death is 20%.
The recent enforcement operations followed Community Roadwatch days, during which traffic police responded to concerns from the Safer A23 Campaign that high speeds were one of the causes of deaths and injuries in Streatham.
Anyone concerned about speeds in their neighbourhood can ask for a Roadwatch session. They usually last just over an hour and volunteers get to hold the speed camera gun and catch speeders in the act! If a significant problem is observed, police will return another day to carry out an enforcement operation, issuing fines.
Campaigners have succeeded in bringing political pressure to bear on Transport for London over the high level of deaths and injuries on the A23 through Streatham.
According to collision figures for 2015[i], Lambeth has the highest number of road casualties on TfL roads (821) and the most collisions resulting in death or serious injury (56). TfL roads account for 58.6% of all road casualties in Lambeth and 56.6% of all fatal and serious injuries.
Longer term, campaigners are calling for a re-design of the road through Streatham to deter motorists from driving at dangerous speeds and a reduction in the speed limit. In the meantime drivers beware: slow down.
If you are concerned about speeds on a road near you, please contact: [email protected].