Feature: ‘Dangerous’ Newham drivers speeding at twice the limit
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Worried residents are concerned for children’s safety as the Recorder can reveal drivers have been clocked doing up to 110mph on the borough’s roads.
Speed cameras captured eight vehicles travelling at more than 60mph along the A118 High Street, Stratford, in 2015 – double the road’s legal limit.
The figures, revealed following our Freedom of Information request, show five of those were unable to be identified and have faced no further action.
On November 9 last year, a camera on Barking Way, near the junction of Macaulay Road, recorded a vehicle travelling at 65mph – more than twice the 30mph limit.
The highest speed recorded last year by police in Newham was a driver reaching 110mph down Newham Way.
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Teacher Rejaul Islam, 50, lives on Macaulay Road, yards from the speed camera.
“80mph is really dangerous on a road like Barking Road, that’s scary,” he said.
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“People often come down here at 50mph or faster, usually in the evenings – it’s really loud. But they could easily crash into someone’s house or cause an even bigger accident.
“I’m really worried about the safety of children around here, it’s just not safe.”
But telephone engineer George Javed, 47, also of Macaulay Road, insists speeding is not just an issue on main roads.
“I get really surprised at how fast some people come down her,” he said. “People really shouldn’t be doing it, it’s really dangerous.
“It’s bad enough that people break the speed limit on Barking Road, but this is a quiet residential street.
“I’m really worried for families with little children.
“It’s difficult because we already have speed cameras and enforcement officers, people get fined. I’m not sure what else can be done. Drivers just need to take more care.”
In 2013 10 drivers were caught on camera travelling at speeds between 78 and 97mph – almost double the 50mph limit – but only half were identified.
Dave Nichols, professional engagement officer for road safety charity Brake, described it as “saddening” that some have not been brought to justice.
“It’s shocking that so many people are driving at high speeds on Newham roads, especially at almost 70mph in 30mph residential areas,” he said.
“Breaking the speed limit by any amount is a serious offence, but drivers who travel way above the speed limit are taking enormous risks - putting themselves and other road users in grave danger.
“At very high speeds, such as 110mph on Newham Way, crashes are much more likely to be fatal and this sort of selfish behaviour warrants strong action.”
Despite the worrying statistics those in charge of keeping our roads safe insist they are constantly working to bring offenders to justice.
Lilli Matson, head of strategy and outcome planning for Transport for London (TfL), said: “Managing traffic speeds is a key part of our effort to improve road safety.
“We work closely with our policing partners to reduce speed-related collisions, always pushing for the toughest penalties possible for those caught.”
A spokesman for the Met police said: “The Met takes all reasonable steps to try and trace offenders. There are reasons why some matters where vehicles have been detected over the speed limit are not proceeded against, for example vehicles which do not have a registered keeper, or foreign registered vehicles which have proved impossible to trace.
“In cases where the registered keeper of the vehicle has failed to comply with the notice of intended prosecution then they would be summonsed to court for failing to comply and this would involve a different process. They also may not be found guilty at court.”