Police target drivers at 40mph roadworks on A38
POLICE are warning motorists to stick to a temporary speed limit during the Marsh Mills flyover work – or face fines.
Officers have reported vehicles travelling at speeds of up to 78 miles an hour over the flyover despite numerous signs warning drivers to keep to the temporary 40 miles per hour limit.
The limit covers a three mile stretch of the A38 while workmen replace expansion joints on the Marsh Mills flyover.
A police spokesman said: "We have had marked and unmarked police cars in the area in recent days since the refurbishment work started and we are recording drivers travelling in the high 70s and 60s with blatant disregard for the temporary limit.
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"The Highways Agency workers we've spoken to say they are mere feet away from these cars. Some have said it sounds and feels like they are working right next to jet aeroplanes taking off.
"It is absolutely frightening for the Highways workers and very selfish of the drivers. People we've stopped appear to have not even noticed the workers, merely claiming they've been late for the cinema or want to get home fast. As a result of motorists not even bothering to slow down at all, despite there being nearly a mile worth of signs reminding drivers, we will be carrying out regular speed checks and giving out tickets until people start driving sensibly. We will robustly enforce the speed limit at this location to protect our colleagues in the Highways Agency." Last month Plymouth City Council's highways maintenance partner Amey launched a "Slow Down! My Family Works Here" campaign during the roadworks at Laira Bridge.
The campaign, supported by Devon and Cornwall Police, saw large posters of workers with their family members put up on plant machinery in an effort to encourage drivers to think about their speed.
A spokesman for Amey said the highest risk of injury or death for the Plymouth workforce was from traffic passing their sites too fast or without due care.
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