Drivers ‘too slow’ say Gazette readers responding to Coast Road speed camera plan

The crash scene on Wednesday
The crash scene on Wednesday

Gazette readers have say police and council chiefs should put the brakes on plans formobile speed cameras is to be deployed on a road where two people were left with life-threatening injuries.

The majority of those commenting on our facebook page appear to oppose the plan to snare speeding drivers on the A183 Coast Road, between South Shields and Whitburn – with many saying drivers actually drive dangerously slow in order to take in the views.

Last Wednesday, a motorbike rider and pillion passenger were left in a critical condition after a horror smash with a car near to Marsden Grotto.

Officers say it would be wrong to speculate at this stage whether either vehicle was speeding.

However, a meeting between Northumbria Police and council chiefs in July agreed the area was suitable for mobile camera enforcement and this will begin as soon as the required signage is in place.

Readers took to social media to give their views.

Dean George Costello said: “It’s normally a bad spot for people driving along at 20mph rather than speeding.”

Norm Salkeld said: “People slow down to stupidly low speeds, this then causes people to overtake, causing the problem. I understand there’s some nice views but just stop and have a good look.”

Wendy Price said: “Yep, another here agreeing it’s more usual for people to be driving too slowly along the coast road, taking in the views.”

However, while most agree ‘Sunday drivers’ are a problem during the day, those living in the area vouch for problems with speeding drivers at night, when the camera van would not be present.

Evan Hannard said: “I live near the grotto and you can hear cars and bikes most nights speeding up and down that stretch.”

Nicky Lowdon said: “I live right on the coast road and during the day speeding isn’t normally an issue. On a night it is horrendous – it’s only a matter of time before a car comes off the road and into my kitchen.”

Frank McGee added: “I sit in bed and hear them racing up and down this road most nights.”