Too much 'Big Brother' in Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 16:36 21 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:01 18 June 2010

POLICE and highway authorities should leave motorists to use more nous when driving, says a Sidmouth town councillor.

POLICE and highway authorities should leave motorists to use "more nous" when driving, says a Sidmouth town councillor.

"I get a bit fed up with the whole Big Brother thing," Councillor Ann Liverton remarked during a discussion at Sidmouth Town Council's August meeting of Devon County Council's investigation into the benefits and problems of imposing 20mph zones and limits.

"I do find some of the 20mph zones extremely frustrating and at the moment they are not entirely enforceable, like the Woolbrook one.

"I do wish the Highways Authority and police would leave more to the nous of the drivers. Most are sensible, others are going to speed down unsuitable roads whether it is 20mph or not."

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC's Sidmouth/Sidford councillor, said where 20mph zones had been installed they had brought the speed of traffic down to under 30mph.

"If someone got hit they have got a good chance of surviving," he said.


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