Speeding drivers face a new crackdown in residential streets in Huddersfield.
Councillors have agreed to spend thousands of pounds on mobile speed indicators to deter drivers from going too fast.
They will be installed in a number of streets – starting with problem areas in the Almondbury and Lindley areas.
And it could provide the information needed to bring in compulsory 20mph limits in many of the areas.
The move has been made following concerns from local residents about the speed of traffic in several areas.
The councillors agreed to fund a device for each ward through their Area Committee.
The cost of £8,500 per device will pay for:
The purchase of the device
The preparation of four sites across each ward to receive the device
The relocation of the device each quarter
Removal and analysis of the data
Sites have already been identified but councillors are now asking resident to tell them of problem areas.
In the Almondbury area , Lascelles Hall Road, Quarry Lane and Fenay Lane have been selected following consultation with residents.
In the Lindley area, Laund Road and Thornhill Avenue have been chosen following the results of a residents’ survey.
Over the next 12 months the councillors will be provided with an analysis of the data captured at each site which will then allow them to consider and decide what further action is required to bring down average speeds.
Clr Linda Wilkinson said: “We have been consulting with local people over the summer and speeding traffic has come up as an issue in a number of locations, in particular in Lascelles Hall and on Fenay Lane.
“The devices alone have been effective in reducing speed in other areas by drawing drivers’ attention to the existing limits but they will also allow us to capture data which we can use to look at what else might need to happen.”
Clr Cahal Burke said: “Laund Road and Thornhill Avenue are both residential roads but are also used by people as a short cut to avoid traffic.
“I am involved in a great deal of work to improve road safety outside schools but am also really concerned about the speeding outside of people’s homes.
“ It poses a threat to people’s safety but can also spoil the local environment for residents which is unfair.
“Ideally I would like to see the speed limit in residential areas reduce to 20mph but this is an argument that, at the moment, we cannot win with the Labour Group.”