April 15, 2009

Officials: Potholes control speeding

Village officials in Navestock, England, said they are refusing to repair potholes as a cost-cutting measure and as a method of preventing people from speeding.

The Navestock Parish Council said in an article delivered to residents that people should stop complaining about the verges and potholes because the road flaws cost a lot to repair, The Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

Coupled with potholes there is an ongoing cry for speed limits. Well, potholes are the original traffic calming measure, the article states. So what with saving much time, rates and calming the traffic, potholes seem quite friendly.

The announcement was met with outrage from many residents.

It beggars belief that the people who are supposed to be acting on behalf of the parishioners think it a good idea to put people at risk, particularly the elderly, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders by coming up with such a totally crackpot idea, said Roy Tyzack, head of the Navestock village society and a former Metropolitan Police officer.

We have a great deal of potholes and since the snow and frost, the situation has got even worse. I know from my time in the police how serious a problem they can be, he said. They cause accidents, damage to vehicles -- even at slow speeds -- personal injury to pedestrians, particularly at night in our unlit lanes, and the consequences of one of our many young horse riders falling foul of a pothole does not bear thinking about.