Quarter of drivers speeding on high risk New Forest road

Quarter of drivers speeding on high risk New Forest road

Published by Mike Draper at 11:31am 30th January 2020.

2 minute read

Police have been carrying out checks on Roger Penny Way with disappointing results.

Officers carried out checks on the B3078 for an hour yesterday morning (29th January) clocking 180 vehicles.

46 of them were breaking the 40 mph limit with three drivers recorded at 52 mph.

ACCIDENT BLACKSPOT:

Last March Roger Penny Way was identified as one of four high-risk routes in the New Forest.

The route has one of the worst records for animal accidents.

In November a similar speed check caught 17 drivers going to fast.

Roger Penny Way B3078 - New Forest pony ponies - Animal Deaths High Risk road - speeding (Mike Draper) (7)
The B3078 is one of four high-risk routes in the New Forest.

SPEED LIMIT:

The 40 mph speed limit was introduced in 1990 in a bid to help reduce the number of livestock killed in road accidents.

Ponies, donkeys, cattle, sheep and pigs all have the right to roam across the New Forest including the roads.

This post from safety group New Forest Roads Campaign shows only too clearly how important it is to stick to the limit.

ACCIDENT STATS

Last year there were 159 accidents across the New Forest.

Crashes claimed the lives of 58 ponies, pigs, cattle, donkey and sheep with 32 left injured.

More than a quarter of accidents happened in daylight and 49 involved local motorists.

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