Speeding is often the biggest contributor to accidents where drivers lose control of their vehicles on changing road surfaces and in areas they are not used to driving frequently. These new signs will serve local communities across the county, providing a warning and deterrent to drivers who drive without due care and attention.
Moving the signs around different locations means that they can be directed to those areas in greatest need and will also ensure their effectiveness as drivers will not become reliant on them being situated in fixed spots.
The Suffolk Roadsafe Board, which compromises of Suffolk County Council, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Suffolk Constabulary, has funded the twenty new temporary vehicle activated signs through monies raised by driver diversionary courses. The signs will be moved around the county and each location will share the device for approximately two weeks, three times a year.
This is a further boost to temporary vehicle activated signs already in place across Suffolk and the other road safety measures also used within the county. Only recently it was announced that Suffolk Roadsafe funds have been used to purchase a smaller speed enforcement van to be used in places which currently do not suit the criteria of the Suffolk SafeCam.
Communities are also taking a vested interest in road safety measures in their own areas by becoming part of their local Community Speedwatch and helping by purchasing their own speed indicator devices across their town or village.
The partnership possess a limited number of signs but some organisations, such as parish, town, borough and district councils are also opting to buy their own signs. More information can be found by visiting www.suffolkroadsafe.net
It is estimated that there are currently 110 permanent VAS and a further 70 Temporary VAS in Suffolk. Locations of the new temporary VAS sites can be found at: