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Police reveal results of speed checks on busy Cannington road

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

Police said less than two per cent of drivers failed speed checks in Cannington

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Traffic checks carried out by police in Cannington found that less than two per cent of drivers were speeding through the Somerset village.

Avon and Somerset Police carried out the speed checks in response to concerns raised by the community regarding road safety.

The road through the village, near Bridgwater, has seen an increase in traffic due to the recent maintenance work being carried out at Hinkley Point.

Officers spent two days carrying out the checks during peak times.

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Figures revealed that 1,481 vehicles were checked, and only 26 were found to be exceeding the speed limit through Cannington.

Sergeant Steve Crago said: "Recently there has been an increase in traffic on this road and this is expected to continue for as long as Hinkley Point continues to prepare for, and possibly build, a new nuclear reactor.

"Together with the fire service we are committed to working in the area to keep speeds down.

"Whilst the small number of drivers exceeding the speed limit is encouraging, we still have work to do to further educate drivers who exceed the speed limit in built-up areas."

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  • RonaldH  |  November 10 2012, 12:00PM

    Can someone tell me where in Cannington this photo was taken? Also the exact time and duration of the speed check carried out. The count of 1481 vehicles is approximately 30% of the recorded daily traffic through Cannington.(refer to Environmental Directorate of SCC) I, with volunteers have carried out speed watch in Cannington, usuall for 45-minute sessions mid morning and mid afternoon and have often recorded in excess of 400 vehicles passing Jubilee Gardens Main Road Cannington. This number rose to in excess of 600 for a similar period when checks were started at 0830 hours. The heaviest volume of traffic is between 0530 hoursand 8000 hours. (that's when we have to get up and close our windows to shut out the noise)

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  • Sid_Lexia  |  November 09 2012, 11:29PM

    Surely if there is an increase in volume of traffic, then it would be slower? By the way, what part of Cannington is the image I ask. Something tells me probably lifted from a file elsewhere?

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