Whauphill drivers speeding plea

SPEEDING drivers are causing concern for residents of Whauphill by reaching up to 70mph in a 30mph zone, it was claimed this week.

When The Galloway Gazette was contacted by Mrs P. McFarlane from Agnew Terrace in the village, she claimed that vehicles travelling between the vilage and Sorbie can pass the 70mph mark, leaving them living in fear of an accident.

She said: “There are a number of young children living or visiting Agnew Terrace and some family pets. Unless drivers reduce their speed, it is only a matter of time before an accident occurs.

“Please drive safely through our village - after all, it is 30mph for a reason.”

A police spokesman said: “Police are aware of the concerns of local residents in Whauphill with regards to speeding issues and speeding checks have been carried out in the past by community officers which did not give indications of cars travelling anywhere near 70mph as outlined in the letter.

“Roads Policing and Community Officers will monitor the situation and would ask the public to contact police direct about any issues of speeding or irresponsible driving that may occur in their area, and in particular if there are any specific times or days that this happens.

Inspector Stuart Davidson, Area Commander at Newton Stewart added: “Tackling issues like speeding and irresponsible driving forms part of the force’s ‘Promise’ which aims to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads.”