Drivers in Stroud are being asked to watch their speed as the Town Council launches a new road safety initiative.
Four vehicle-activated signs have been installed in: London Road, opposite Waitrose, two in Bisley Old Road and one in Stratford Road.
The signs were paid for by a grant from the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner. Residents were encouraged to nominate town streets.
The Town Council was inundated with responses including two petitions totalling 324 signatures for Stratford Road and Parliament Street.
Chris Brierley, Gloucestershire Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, launched the new signs.
“One of the great things about vehicle-activated signs is that when you see one of these signs flashing it reminds you to slow down,” said Mr Brierley.
“It’s that simple education, that simple awareness that 20 really is plenty and we all need to be more aware of our speed and to make Gloucestershire’s roads safer for everyone.”
County Councillor Eva Ward and the Town Council launched a Road Safety Group in response to people’s concerns. She says they will make a difference to the town’s roads.
“Speeding is increasingly regarded as anti-social,” she said. “We’ve had an increasing number of road safety referrals to our group and road safety is now on people’s agendas.
“New ways of driving, new habits can be formed. It’s not that difficult. I remember a time when we were horrified to have to wear seat belts. Now we would be horrified at not wearing one. New habits to make people safer on our roads are vital.”
The Road Safety Group meets bi-monthly and the public are welcomed to attend. The next meeting is Tuesday 13th November, starting at 7.30pm in the Town Council offices.
If you would like to attend please contact Kim Cowan at Stroud Town Council on 01453 762817 or email [email protected].