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UK Road Sense, Dorset Way / A3049 50 limit
Here is the list of the most serious problems. I have much to add to this page,
but just haven't had time to do this yet. Please come back soon to see more examples:
Dorset way road works 30 MPH limits
(end of July, 2007)
Permanent speed limits too low: Wessex Way (Bournemouth), A31, St. Leonards, 50 MPH
Some 30 limits too low: 30 limits are absolutely right, and have been for years,
for residential areas, with chidren, animals, parked cars, etc., or busy town centres
with many pedestrians.
But there are a couple of roads which stick out like sore thumbs - 30 limits which
are not close to houses, have virtually 0 pedestrian probability, and are even dual
carriageways, with central crash barriers.
These road types are totally different - and yet they both have the same maximum
safe speed???. These huge inconsistencies are further proof that limits are being
And guess which roads are the favourite for the "safety" partnerships to target?
You guessed it, the dual carriageways, not the residential streets.
The decision to use these resources where they are guaranteed to result in huge numbers
of fines, instead of where they will detect and discourage dangerous driving, is
likely to have cost lives. The "safety" camera partnerships say that this is
about making speeding socially unacceptable and generating respect for speed limits,
but with the help of some very poor speed limit decisions from the council, they
are achieving exactly the opposite.
In Poole, these locations are near the Creekmoor Park and Ride, and near the Rivita
factory, Tower Park. pointing towards the top of the hill, so catching traffic just
filtering into the single lane at the end of the dual carriageway.
Here's the speed camera location which originally turned me from having full respect
for the law, to having very little respect, I imagine it may have had a simliar
effect on others. Description extracted from The Association of
British Drivers page. And yes, it is a dual carriageway, the other 2 lanes
are way over the other side of the hedge:
The photo shows a radar trap set up on the A348 Ringwood Road near Bear Cross
in Bournemouth (map) in December 2004.
Black and barely noticeable, it is connected by wires to a van which is completely
hidden behind a bush.
This section of road has a 40mph speed limit, which is clearly absurd as there are
no properties bordering on the road, a flaming great hedge along the central reservation
to physically prevent pedestrians crossing the road, and a flaming great bridge
to allow pedestrians to get from one side of the road to the other.
Such petty enforcement of barmy speed limits serves only to incite contempt for
speed limits and contempt for the police.
Please let me know about any other situations like these.