Young locals blamed for town speeding
Councillors have moved closer to introducing a 20mph speed limit in parts of Lerwick to help improve road safety and combat speeding drivers.
Elected members have opted to consult on whether the reduced limit should rolled out from the North Ness roundabout to the top of Church Road.
The agreement came after one member described the problem of speeding drivers as a “festering sore”.
Jonathan Wills said he had witnessed young drivers using their cars as “a form of mating display”.
He said visitors, as well as locals, were at risk from motorists reaching speeds of up to 50mph or beyond – an estimation roads engineer Colin Gair said was not unreasonable.
Dr Wills told fellow members: “It is a notorious fact there is excessive speeding and extremely bad driving daily in this town centre.”
He blamed young, local men for being the perpatrators behind the behaviour.
The cost of introducing the scheme is estimated to be between £100,000 and £150,000.