Taynuilt road safety campaigners detect one speeder a minute after fatal collision

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Villagers are pushing forward with their campaign to improve road safety in Taynuilt following a fatal accident on the A85 in October.

The A85, the main trunk road into Oban from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth, splits Taynuilt in two, with a crossroads in the middle where local routes join.

Last month, Taynuilt resident Jimmy Harris, 61, died following a suspected hit-and-run collision on the 85 at Kirkton around 1am on Sunday October 10. Police have arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the incident.

November’s Taynuilt Community Council meeting heard villagers are gathering evidence of bad driver behaviour, as well as public support for improvements to road safety.

Despite a 30mph speed limit on the A85 through Taynuilt, and a vehicle activated speed sign warning fast drivers to slow down, many villagers continue to report incidents of speeding.

‘Most locals can give examples of being overtaken by speeding vehicles within the 30mph limit,’ said community council chairman David Sloss.

‘Evidence of speeding has been passed to Police Scotland and complaints made regarding the drivers of commercial vehicles to their head offices,’ he said.

Villagers monitored traffic passing the speed activated 30mph warning signs on the A85 for short periods each week day from November 15 to 19 for Road Safety Week.

‘On average the signs were triggered at a rate of more than one speeding vehicle per minute,’ Mr Sloss said.

A member of Taynuilt Primary School’s parent council stood beside the flashing sign during school time and witnessed it being activated by speeders 29 times in 25 minutes.

Taynuilt Primary School has issued reflective jackets to pupils and Argyll and Bute Council is painting double yellow lines between the crossroads and School Brae.

Villagers are awaiting Argyll and Bute Council conducting a traffic speed survey as the first step in the process to reduce the speed limit on village roads (the B845) to 20mph.