Monxton Parish Council and the recently-formed Traffic Steering Group have been discussing the idea of having a Speed Indicator Device or Display (SID) (also known as Vehicle Activated Signs) in Monxton. These are LED signs that flash up for drivers exceeding the speed limit and may be a useful tool in Monxton to help curb the problem of excess speeds in the village.
MPC would like to know whether or not residents would like to see one of these signs in the village or parish. The signs can either just flash up to anyone exceeding the speed limit, or can tell drivers their exact speed. Some SIDs can also log the speed of all vehicles that pass and this information can be downloaded and used to document traffic speeds and volumes, although these versions are more expensive.
It would be mobile and moved to different sites (exact locations TBC) within the village. This would hopefully optimise effectiveness and also try and ensure that there was no complacency among drivers. It would enable the traffic speed and volume to be logged at each site and we could work out which location had the most issues and where the sign was most effective at slowing traffic.
The cost of the SID is quite significant and will be approximately 20% of MPC’s total funds (or about 50% of the annual budget). The exact cost is to be confirmed depending on the make and model of SID. There may well also be some grant money available towards the purchase. But at this stage we would like to know whether or not you think the concept is a good idea.
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