Thousands caught speeding on Waterlooville road where lollipop man died

DANGER ROAD Tempest Avenue in Waterlooville
DANGER ROAD Tempest Avenue in Waterlooville
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DRIVERS have been caught speeding more than 25,000 times in just 17 days on a notorious road where a lollipop man died.

A speed limit reminder device was put up by Havant Borough Council in Tempest Avenue, Waterlooville, which is a 30mph zone.

Statistics show that between February 25 and March 13 a total of 25,522 cars were recorded exceeding the speed limit.

That’s around 62 cars an hour – or one every minute.

The figures have shocked campaigners, who have been pressing for road safety improvements since the death of 82-year-old Ray Elsmore, who was hit by a car in December during his afternoon shift.

Although it is not clear whether speeding was involved, campaigners say robust traffic-calming measures, such as chicanes and a pedestrian crossing, are needed.

Ray’s granddaughter Sonia Watt, 39, of Mill Road, Waterlooville, said: ‘It’s unbelievable.

‘Something has to be done there – it’s a residential area.

‘It’s really unacceptable. I can’t believe that the device went off over 25,000 times in such a short time.’

More than 600 people have joined a campaign to improve safety in Tempest Avenue.

Campaigner Steve Mayne, 41, of Emerald Close, said: ‘I was shocked but after some reflection, the 25,000 figure makes sense because it’s what we see in Tempest Avenue on a daily basis.’

Residents have joined forces with the police and are setting up a Community Speedwatch.

Volunteers will record speeding drivers and send letters to their homes reminding them they are breaking the law.

Meanwhile, Hampshire County Council is poised to introduce an advisory 20mph speed limit during school hours and also improve the road markings near Cornelius Drive to create a more defined crossing.

Stuart Jarvis, director of economy, transport and environment, said: ‘During the school Easter holidays Hampshire County Council will be introducing a part-time advisory 20mph restriction in the vicinity of the school. This will be supported with some measures to highlight the crossing point near Cornelius Drive.

‘These measures will serve to encourage motorists to display appropriate behaviour.’

But Mrs Watt was not convinced the measures go far enough.

She said: ‘I definitely think they could do more than just have signs.’

Anyone interested in helping the Speedwatch scheme can email or call 101.

· A 21-year-old woman, from Cowplain, is due to answer bail on April 30 after being arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.