SERIOUS collisions on the region’s roads at night are inevitable unless motorists keep to speed limits, experts and community leaders have warned.
GoSafe, which is responsible for static and mobile speed camera enforcement in Wales, has expressed concerns about the excessive speeds being driven at night by motorists and has urged them to slow down and drive at a safe speed within the legal limit for their own and other people’s safety.
During a week long period of night-time enforcement taken out by the group, dozens of motorists were identified as driving above the speed limit, one at almost double.
On Chester Road, Bretton, Flintshire, 14 offences were recorded with one motorist reaching 70mph in a 40mph zone.
And 65 offences were recorded on Holywell Road, Ewloe. Despite the road having a speed limit of 30mph, one motorist was clocked at 50mph.
On the B5425 Llay New Road, Wrexham, 27 offences were spotted with the highest speed recorded set at 46mph in a 30mph zone.
Figures released by GoSafe indicated the majority of the motorists caught speeding were between the ages of 17-25.
Cllr Phil Griffiths, chairman of Broughton and Bretton Community Council, said: “These figures aren’t right, these drivers ought to be punished.
“It’s disgusting and it is a problem that we do get down Broughton Hall Road.
“People should think that they could cause a serious accident or kill someone.
“There is a small minority that don’t take any notice and they could cause an accident.
“You have to ask if the punishment is sufficient? If these people knew when they were caught there would be a strong deterrent, that would cut it out.
“It may be draconian but people do get killed and injured by thoughtless drivers.”
GoSafe partnership manager Chris Hume said: “Some young drivers believe it is safe to drive fast at night and that enforcement does not take place, but this is not true.
“Motorists need to be more observant when it’s dark not just for their own safety but to protect other road users.
“They need to be more aware of pedestrians crossing the road at night, particularly those leaving pubs and clubs who are possibly under the influence of alcohol or may be dressed in dark clothing.”
Mr Hume added: “While the number of offences recorded over this period was significantly lower than figures for night-time enforcement undertaken in previous months, we are appealing to all motorists to adhere to the relevant speed limits at all times.
“We are not trying to catch motorists out but attempting to reduce road traffic accidents and collisions.”
During the week long observation period, GoSafe recorded speeding offences at 10 locations across Flintshire and Wrexham.
l Holywell Road, Ewloe, Flintshire (speed limit 30mph): 65 offences, highest speed recorded 50mph.
l The Highway, Hawarden, Flintshire (speed limit 30mph): 11 offences, highest speed recorded 44mph.
l Chester Road, Bretton, Flintshire (speed limit 40mph): 14 offences, highest speed recorded 70mph.
l A549 Buckley, Flintshire (speed limit 30mph): 16 offences, highest speed recorded 56mph.
l Sandy Lane, Saltney, Flintshire (speed limit 30mph): 12 offences, highest speed recorded 41mph.
l A549 Buckley, Flintshire (speed limit 30mph): 23 offences, highest speed recorded 38mph.
l A550 Hawarden Road, Hope, Flintshire (speed limit 30mph): 18 offences, highest speed recorded 50mph.
l B5425 Llay New Road, Wrexham (speed limit 30mph): 27 offences, highest speed recorded 46mph.
l A541 Pontblyddyn, Flintshire (speed limit 30mph): 17 offences, highest speed recorded 44mph.
l A541 Denbigh Road, Mold, Flintshire speed limit 30mph): 11 offences, highest speed recorded 40mph.