Police work with West Lothian Council on developing 20mph zones

Police are working with West Lothian Council on the development of the 20mph zones introduced under the Spaces for People programmes.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 1:00 pm
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Sgt Ian Wells said the work was ongoing as the 20mph trial develops but he stressed that traffic officers have to target accident blackspots.

At previous local area committees officers have presented a picture where the bulk of police contact has been from those complaining about drivers ignoring the new signs.

Sgt Wells told the Fauldhouse and Breich Valley Local Area Committee: “ We must prioritise those locations which presented a greater risk, area where there have been previous accidents or fatalities or where speed has been a significant factor.”

He added: “ We don’t have infinite resources to go and look at all areas in West Lothian so we really need to be quite robust in addressing these priority areas.”

Councillor Pauline Clark raised issues of speeding through Longridge on the A706. “I’ve had reports of drivers doing 50-60miles an hour through what is a 20moh zone.

"How much weight would you put on a community saying that they have witnessed loads of near misses. People overtaking on the brow of a hill?”

Sgt Wells said one of the problems with main arterial routes was the high numbers of traffic with few of the drivers being local.

Traffic police could set up at the site but when they left the trouble would start again.

On such sites, he said it becomes a case of road engineering to slow traffic down, the police can and do have an impact in their contact with the council’s roads engineers.

He suggested that he would ask the local road traffic liaison officer to raise the issue with council roads engineers to say that local representatives had raised concerns about the area.

Meanwhile, police are working in partnership with council officers and community groups to spread the word about scammers to some of the most vulnerable.

Sgt Wells said that a strategy of prevention and intervention was being put together by police to tackle the surge in online and telephone scams that has developed on the back of the Covid pandemic.

He said that everyone was at risk from mobile phones scams and cyber fraud.