Speed indicating devices (SpIDs) were deployed this week in Scarisbrick for the first time. Scarisbrick Parish Council has purchased two solar-powered units which can currently be seen at each and of Smithy Lane. The units will be rotated around the parish on mounting posts that have been installed in Smithy Lane, Turning Lane, Pool Hey Lane, Bescar Brow Lane and on Heatons Bridge Road. There may be opportunity to extend the scheme in the future if funding permits.
Speeding is a perennial problem particularly in rural parishes and Scarisbrick is no exception. It is the most common complaint received by the parish council and a working group was set up to discuss ways of addressing the issue. The recent distribution of wheelie bin stickers was the first initiative with the deployment of SpIDs being a more hi-tech response.
The devices also have the ability to collect traffic data in the form of traffic volumes, vehicle speeds, and times of the day when problems are particularly prevalent. This provides useful information for Lancashire’s Road Safety Partnership when they are deciding where and when to deploy their mobile enforcement cameras. Click here for the accompanying post about the Road Safety Partnership which includes details on how to report your own concerns regarding speeding in Scarisbrick.