'Boy racer' fears as driver caught speeding 111mph along 40mph Princes Road
PUBLISHED: 16:41 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:41 03 October 2017
Residents have been complaining to their ward councillor
A councillor has said warned of potential “boy racers” using Princes Road late at night.
The warning comes after a Freedom of Information Request from BBC Radio Kent revealed hundreds of cases of drivers caught going faster than 100mph over the past year.
In one case, a Volkswagen Golf reached 111mph driving along the 40mph-capped Princes Road, near Laburnum Avenue.
Princes ward councillor Joshua Jones said: “Since I became a councillor there’s certainly been an increase in the number of resident’s complaining about people speeding late at night.
“We don’t get people speeding during the day, the traffic builds up from the crossing, you can’t really get up to those speeds.
“But at night we can hear what sounds like a couple of boy racer cars speeding up and down Princes Road, there does seem to be a trend that’s been developing for the last three or four years.
“The rise hasn’t been huge, but speeding is still dangerous, what this data shows is that the police are doing something about it, but it could easily cause an accident.
“There are two speed cameras to act as a deterrent, but it’s a large road so some people will still choose to do it.
“I tell my residents to report any incidents to the police, that way it is logged and they will have the evidence which might show a problem in the area and they can act upon it.”
SKent Police’s superintendent Phil Hibbens said: “Across Kent and Medway there are a number of fixed and mobile camera sites, which are managed by the Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership.
“This is supported by 100 Community Speed-watch schemes across the county, where volunteers from local communities detect and report vehicles caught speeding to the police.
“A variety of road safety campaigns are delivered each year on a number of issues including speeding, mobile phone use, drink and drug driving, HGVs and seatbelts in order to prevent dangerous driving taking place.
“Kent Police, in partnership with other road safety professionals, are committed to preventing harm on the roads, but road users have a responsibility to play their part too.
“Motorists have a personal responsibility to drive not only within the law but also to the conditions of the road.
“Exceeding the speed limit is irresponsible, speeding at 100mph or more is extremely dangerous.”