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Speeding in Machynlleth - a petition

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press release3.10.07

Speeding in Machynlleth: Why We Have Launched a Petition

Machynlleth is a friendly and attractive town, which is being blighted by dangerous and antisocial driving.

Our lives, our health and our peace of mind are being threatened.

There are two issues:

One is that people passing through the town fail to heed the speed limits and keep driving at 40, 50 or even 60mph.

The second is that a group of young drivers uses Machynlleth as a race track.

They race mostly at night, often well over the speed limit, in cars tuned to make as much noise as possible.

The police are very concerned about these issues, but their resources are limited.

They would like to spend more time making use of the speed gun the town bought for them through public subscription, but they are overstretched.

This issue has been shamefully neglected throughout mid-Wales.

In Powys the death rate as a result of road accidents over the past five years has almost doubled.

In England and Wales as a whole, by contrast, it has fallen by 8.5%.

The annual fatality rate on roads in Powys is now four times the average rate for England and Wales.

But there are are no fixed speed cameras anywhere in the county.

This is a shocking state of affairs.

Do we have to wait for someone to die here before the law is enforced?