Members of the Eye campaign ‘20’s Plenty’, to establish a 20mph within the town, have said if police prosecuted every motorist speeding through its streets, the fines could amount to over £1 million per week.
The figures have been compiled by campaigners from a survey of Eye traffic conducted by Suffolk Police in July when in the first week of that month, over 87,000 vehicles drove through the town. More than 13,200 were recorded, between 8am and 6pm speeding at levels at which prosecutions should be routine.
Robin Knight, campaign co-ordinator, said the results of the police survey show what a “shocking problem traffic speeding has become for our small historic town”.
The campaigners believe the police have begun to step up speeding prosecutions in and around Eye, but Freedom of Information requests suggests the rate is still low. Ten prosecutions were recorded in the five years to October this year. In the previous seven years, there were none.
A petition calling for a 20mph in the town has been signed by over 1,000 people and organisers hope to get up to 3657 signatures to force Suffolk County Council to discuss the campaign at committee level.
Petitions are available for signature at Eye Pharmacy, Barclays Bank and online at www.eye.20splentyforus.org.uk