Safety drive gears up at accident blackspot in Darwen
CAMPAIGNERS say they are confident a move to stop people speeding at an accident blackspot will go ahead.
Councillors in Whitehall have been trying to stop people breaking the speed limit at Bull Hill for some time.
There are concerns that because the limit goes from 50mph to 30mph just before Woodlea Chase at the gateway to Darwen, drivers ignore the sudden change.
Going in the opposite direction, drivers attempt to drive faster than 30mph long before the limit changes.
The road recently claimed the lives of four people, three of whom died after their car hit a lamppost outside the Ocean Palace in October, 2011, while another died after an accident in April last year, although an inquest later found he was three times the drink-drive limit and had taken cocaine.
Whitehall ward councillor David Foster said he had written to the highways department and was waiting for action.
He said: “They are putting the scheme together but are reasonably confident it will go ahead.
“The latest plan was to change that section to 40mph and put in traffic calming measures.”
Coun Foster said while the limit remained at 30mph the road was dangerous. He said: “I nearly had someone run head-on into me the other day as they tried to overtake.
“There are so many near misses it is only a matter of time before there is an accident just because someone is speeding or overtaking dangerously.”
Coun Foster said changing the speed limit was the only real option as the police would not take further action in the area.
He said: “Some people want it to stay at 30mph and for there to be more effective enforcement.
“But the police won’t put in new cameras and don’t want to do extra speed checks.”
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