Village speed limits set to be extended in safety bid

Twenty's plenty at Cruden Bay
Twenty's plenty at Cruden Bay

Villages across Buchan are set to have their speed limits cut or extended in a bid to increase road safety.

Members of the Buchan area committee will consider a range of speed limit recommendations when they meet in Peterhead on Tuesday.

Villages targeted in the clampdown including Cruden Bay, Hatton, Old Deer, Auchnagatt and Maud.

In four of the villages the council wants to extend the current 30mph limit beyond the village boundaries, while in the case of Cruden Bay, council officials are recommending a mandatory 20mph limit to replace the existing advisory limit.

In a report to go before Tuesday’s meeting, planning chief, Stephen Archer, says: “The situation in Cruden Bay has beeninvestigated and the measures are proposed to improve public safety.”

Local members have been consulted andhave raised no issues in relation to the report.

Police Scotland are inagreement with the recommendations, while Cruden Community Council has been consulted and fully supports the recommendations

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If the road safety measures are given the go-ahead on Tuesday, is proposed to undertake a four-week statutory consultation by letter of interested parties such as the AA, RAC, RoadHaulage Association and others.

This will be followed by a four-week public consultation by posting site notices at the affected location seeking comment from anyone wishing to make representation.

Road safety campaigners have welcomed the move, with a spokesman for road safety charity Brake, calling on the council to go further by making the speed limits mandatory.

“Even one road death or injury is too many and the faster you go, th leass time you have to react and the harder you hit,” she said.

She added that drivers could make a difference by slowing down to 20mph around schools and shops.

Police Scotland have recently launched a month-long campaign aimed at speeders in the north of the region.

Traffic officers will be patrolling a number of areas over the next few weeks in a bid to clamp down on cars being driven at excessive speed on our roads.