A LLANGOLLEN county councillor is calling for a halt on plans to impose a lower 40mph speed limit on the Horseshoe Pass.
Stuart Davies has made his demand after discovering
that police have prosecuted just one motorist in the past five years for
breaking the existing 60mph restriction on the A542 route from Llangollen
towards Llandegla and Ruthin.
Cllr Davies said: “I recently put in a Freedom of
Information request to North Wales Police which reveals that since 2009 they
have brought only one prosecution for speeding on the Horseshoe Pass and this
was in the financial year 2013/14.
“If they aren’t prosecuting people for breaking
the 60mph limit up there why do they want to lower it to 40mph?
“It doesn’t make sense to me, especially at a time
when Denbighshire County Council is being asked to make deep cuts in its budget
of around £30 million over the next few years affecting essential services.
“I am told that implementing the new 40mph restriction,
with the cost of consultation and new signs, would be £20,000 and I’d argue we
just can’t afford that sum when it appears that people aren’t being prosecuted
for breaching the limit that’s already in force.”
He added: “I know that some work has already gone
into it but my view is that any further work on it should be stopped
Official figures show that over the past five
years the Horseshoe Pass has been the scene of 22 collisions involving slight
injuries, 10 rated as serious and two which were fatal.
North Wales Police traffic officers recently requested
the county council to impose a 40mph limit on the whole of the pass
from the Britannia to the cattle grid at Pentre Isaf.
When he first raised the issue a few months ago,
Cllr Davies said: “I am of the view that better enforcement of our existing
laws and better education of drivers at the hotspots would slow down traffic
and safeguard lives rather than the blunt use of a blanket speed limit over the
whole of the pass.”