Campaign is launched to tackle traffic ‘madness’

Madness: Coun David Howarth, who is working to tackle Penwortham traffic problems
Madness: Coun David Howarth, who is working to tackle Penwortham traffic problems
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A campaign to tackle rush-hour traffic “madness” has been launched.

Community leaders in Penwortham have been monitoring cars “racing” along a slip road, before cutting back into the traffic of the main street.

Now councillors have pledged to take down the details of drivers they catch and pass them on to police, as they say they are putting young people’s lives at risk.

“It’s not only stupid because they are not gaining anything, it’s also dangerous because they are putting kids’ lives in danger”, said local councillor David Howarth.

He said: “The problem we’ve got is in the rush hour in the morning, between 7.30am and 9am, there are certain drivers who seem to think they can come off at the car wash and race down the slip road past the Howick row of shops, and push back onto Liverpool Road.

“It’s dangerous because it is 20 miles per hour down that slip road and when children start going to school, particularly on push bikes, they are riding straight into these things because they are on the wrong side of the road as well to avoid parked cars.”

Coun Howarth said he thought cars were driven at 40 or 50 miles per hour down the slip road off Liverpool Road, and only gained a short distance in the traffic. He said: “They are probably gaining about seven car lengths if they are lucky and are creating a danger - it’s just madness.”

Coun Howarth said leaders would now be monitoring the situation, and would report reckless driving to police.

He said: “Now the schools are going back we are going to mount some patrols to check the speeds and the car number plates, pass it on to police and ask them to point out they should stop doing it.”