A RESIDENT hopes next week's election of the West Midlands police and crime commissioner will bring a greater emphasis on stopping drivers speeding in residential areas.
Solihull's Richard Ingram has been campaigning for many years to raise awareness about reckless driving, which he thinks should be treated as a higher priority.
Mr Ingram, of Ashleigh Road, said that living near a notorious accident blackspot had made him more aware of the dangers of speeding motorists.
"We have had to dial 999 several times following an accident over the past 20 or 25 years," he said.
"I think speeding is a crime that people don't talk about and yet 30,000 people have been killed on the roads in this country in the past 11 years. You think of the distress this causes the families involved. Drivers need to know they will be caught and punished severely for breaking the limit."
He praised the council for taking steps to improve safety in his street but said that traffic calming measures and Speedwatch schemes would not deter some foolhardy drivers.
"There will always be people who see a sign flashing up 20mph who ignore it. I think you need more covert operations to catch them," he said.
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