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Chorleywood residents campaign for speed limit drop in Dog Kennel Lane
Chorleywood residents are taking action to bring an end to the scourge of speeding traffic.
Residents of Dog Kennel Lane say traffic frequently travels too fast for the conditions and is caught out by deceptively sharp corners - leading to several serious road accidents.
Grant Hammond, 35, is calling for the speed limit to be reduced from 60mph to 40mph and has recently secured support for a traffic survey to be carried out.
Management consultant Mr Hammond said he noticed there was a problem with cars speeding shortly after moving to the road in April 2011.
He said: "You can hear them whipping past periodically.
"There have been a number of accidents recently and there have been some quite serious ones in the past.
"It is a well understood and long-standing problem in Dog Kennel Lane, the road catches people out.
"I wrote to the authorities and the response was ‘leave us alone’, I felt they were saying if you live on the lane you have to deal with the consequences.
"There are a lot of people living around there, a lot of people using the road and a lot of people going too quickly along there."
One of the more serious crashes took place last month and left a small 4X4 on its roof, after apparently misjudging a corner and clipping the kerb.
"I am just very eager to make things better," he added.
"That particular stretch of road isn’t safe.
"My house is on the corner next to the road and if people don’t brake they will drive straight through my living room wall.
"There are real safety issues and we have had at least two cars flipped outside my house, something needs to be done, it is just a case of finding the right mechanism to do that."
The campaign is being backed by Chorleywood county councillor Chris Hayward, who has arranged a meeting with Hertfordshire Highways staff to discuss the problem.
One of the items on the agenda will be whether Quiet Lanes regulations, introduced by the Department for Transport, can be applied in this case.
Councillor Hayward said: "Quite Lanes is something I don’t believe we practice very much in Hertfordshire but it is something I’d like officers to look into.
"It is a road I use regularly myself and people drive too fast on it. It is a very narrow lane and there are a lot of bends on it.
"What I would really encourage people to do is think before they drive and keep their speed down.
"There have been no fatalities yet but we have got to act before something bad happens, not after."