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Speed checks at targeted areas around Forres reveal majority of drivers follow limits

By Garry McCartney

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Police monitoring the east end of Kinloss where the limit drops from 60 to 30mph.
Police monitoring the east end of Kinloss where the limit drops from 60 to 30mph.

POLICE have been investigating claims of regular speeding incidents in the area.

Following complaints, Inspector Tony McCullie has confirmed officers have reviewed roads at Rafford, Kinloss, Grantown Road, St Leonard’s Road and the A96 between Pilmuir and the Greshop Industrial Estate.

He said: “A small number of motorists across the locations were charged with driving in excess of the speed limit and likewise a similar number were educated.

“However my overall assessment is that, based on the feedback from my officers, the majority of drivers are driving at or near to the speed limit.

“We continue to deploy regularly and also when we receive information from a member of the public which we welcome.”

Forres Community Council (FCC) passes on areas that have been reported to them where there motorists are alleged to speed. These have included Grantown Road.

Insp McCullie said: “The Roads Policing unit were deployed there and a number of drivers were caught at that location. They engaged with residents during this process and their efforts were positively received.

“My assessment is that the issues there are due to signage not keeping up with ongoing housing developments.

“There has been temporary signage put in place further back along the road which will alleviate the issue as it clearly alerts motorists to drop their speed.”

Kinloss Primary recently Tweeted a thank you to Police Scotland for running speed checks outside the school. A pupil was hit by a car on Burghead Road as they were going home from school. There is currently no traffic patrol officer or stop lights on the busy route outside the school gates.

Insp McCullie said: “Motorists were in the main adhering to the limits there. However, Moray Council may be looking into measures that can be taken in terms of the infrastructure.”

A local authority spokesperson confirmed their investigations are complete.

She said: “Our traffic officers carried out a comprehensive review in relation to a request for a signalled crossing, and other factors, with findings and recommendations sent to local councillors and community councillors.

“These includes hedge maintenance and the installation of yellow ‘Keep Clear’ markings, which the council will progress as appropriate, with further discussion required around the option of alternative crossing provision.”

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