These Dorchester roads could be getting speed indicators

These Dorchester roads could be getting speed indicators

Published by George Sharpe at 6:55am 4th September 2019.

DRIVERS in Dorchester may soon come across an additional speeding device in the town with several new locations suggested for its use.

Town councillors have backed buying their own SID, a roadside Speed Indicator Device, which reminds motorists how fast they are travelling and says ‘thank you’ when they are within the limit.

Planning committee member have backed the proposal to buy one of the devices and rotate its use around two or three different sites in the town. Suggestions have included London Road, Herringston Road, Maiden Castle Road and near Max Gate.

Dorchester's roads could be getting new speed indicator devices.

The cost of the machine, poles, installation and solar panels is likely to come to around £3,000 which will now need the approval of the town council’s policy committee. If that happens the device could be in use before Christmas.

Joe Allen from Dorset Council told town councillors on Monday evening that there was plenty of evidence the machines encouraged driver to slow down. He said that a device recently used in Wool had cut the average speed from 36mph to 31mph:

“That’s a huge difference when it comes to a pedestrian being hit by a car,” he said.

London Road could be getting a Speed Indicator Device in an attempt to slow traffic down.
London Road could be getting a Speed Indicator Device in an attempt to slow traffic down.

Evidence from the Dorset Council team responsible for the SIDs shows that even when they are removed drivers typically maintain a lower average speed on that road for 8-10 weeks. The optimum time for best effect, before moving the machine to another site, is around six weeks.

Cllr Susie Hosford proposed buying one machine which the town council can move around the town, with the option of a second at a later date, if the first was successful.  She said she frequently drove past the SIDs at Martinstown and on the Bridport Road and was convinced they made a difference.

By Local Democracy Reporter, Trevor Bevins