Speeding vehicles (Alistair Tulloch)
We live at Westerhouse, next to the Olligarth bridge at Whiteness. The excessive speed of a great many vehicles traveling along this road is getting out of hand.
There will be a serious accident; it’s no longer “if” – only a matter of time. I have written to the SIC and also asked our local councillor to see if something cannot be done to slow down the vehicles.
The road is sub-standard, blind summits and hidden dips, very poor visibility on almost every bend and yet the vehicles come over the brow of the hill like kamikaze pilots, with absolutely no chance of stopping, if for example our children were out on their bikes.
On Saturday four or five motor bikes went past doing at least 70mph, first going west and then back east again. My wife and I were talking our some neighbours who were out for a walk, and thank goodness they had moved off the road. As these bikes went past it was like being close to a jet plane.
Considering that the road from Wormadale to Soundside is now heavily populated with houses, the school, youth club, social club, sports pitch, public hall and a number of pony clubs, is it not time to consider a speed limit? Lerwick has areas with a 20mph speed limit – are our children less valuable?
And just in case some SIC official quote lack of funds as a reason for doing nothing – a speed limit is almost free, and may well prevent a tragedy.