Call for crackdown on danger drivers in east Leeds

Kentmere Avenue. Photo: Google.
Kentmere Avenue. Photo: Google.
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An impassioned call has been made for action against reckless drivers who are putting lives at risk in east Leeds.

Seacroft residents say they have had enough of motorists speeding along Kentmere Avenue and adjoining roads such as Boggart Hill Drive.

It has been claimed that some of the drivers reach speeds of more than 80mph, despite a local limit of 20mph.

And now Coun Brian Selby (Lab, Killingbeck & Seacroft) is calling for traffic calming measures to be put in place in an area that is used by children walking to and from school.

Coun Selby said: “The irresponsible driving of a minority is causing misery for residents of this estate and the time has come for positive action to be taken.

“I have asked for a meeting with highways officers to discuss how to move this forward.

“Residents have also asked for the occasional mobile speed trap to be in operation on the estate and I will be picking this up with the local policing team.”

Coun Selby added: “It is unacceptable that local people are being subjected to cars being driven at dangerous speeds with no regard for human life, they should not have to put up with obscene hand gestures and having car horns honked at them if they are considered to be ‘in the way’.

“This needs dealing with before someone is injured or killed and I will be working tirelessly to get it addressed.”

Coun Selby also said that he would like to hear from local residents on the kind of traffic calming measures they believe would prove most effective in the area.

Across Leeds, a total of 330 people were killed or seriously hurt in road accidents over the course of one recent 12-month period.