Police refuse to act as drivers in Rhos ignore speed limits


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

POLICE officers are needed to help a community council reinforce speed limits in their village.

Members of Rhos Community Council said they were “powerless” to enforce 20 mph zones in Rhos without the help of North Wales Police (NWP) and the multi-agency road safety Go Safe team.

Last month members asked NWP if they would make more regular visits to the village to more tightly enforce the 20 mph zone, which was brought in on the majority of their roads in the area last summer.

NWP responded by saying the 20 mph zone was “self-policing” due to a series of chicanes and speed bumps installed in the low speed area.

But at a meeting of the council last week members spoke out against NWP, stating the response was not good enough and the force needed to be more visible around Rhos.

The 20 mph scheme was first piloted in 2012 and became statutory law in 2013, but councillors said they believe many motorists exceed the limit.

Johnstown councillor David A Bithell, who helped set the pilot scheme up in 2012, said: “Many motorists are exceeding the 20 mph limit and NWP appear reluctant to come and enforce the speed limit.

“We need a greater commitment from Go Safe. When we set this scheme up we obtained figures which showed that driving at 20 mph rather than 30 mph will save lives.

“Other councils have brought in 20 zones across the UK and they have seen an improvement on road safety figures. More needs to be done but we’re powerless without the police.”

Community councillor Mike Edwards said: “I’ve had three people come up to me in the past week saying they think the 20 mph signs are a guide only, and that it is only enforceable during school hours.

 “How many other people are there also thinking it is an advisable speed?”

Chairman of the council Cllr Kevin Hughes said: “The feedback I’m getting is there are many motorists exceeding the 20 mph limit.”

Ponciau councillor Paul Pemberton said the village was getting a “hammering” due to vehicles speeding.

“When we set this up it was made clear the new limits were statutory and enforceable 24/7,” he said.

“We are not getting enough support on this from the police and we’re getting a hammering as a result.

“No one takes any notice of the signs and something needs to be done – it would be good if we could have the Go Safe van here on a regular basis.”

Wrexham rural PCSO Dan Williams told members he would look into the issue with police chiefs.

North Wales Police had no comment to make.

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