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Rat runs make safe streets dangerous; Mailbag.

I AM writing regarding the car accident on the junction of Kirkwood Drive and Kirkwood Green.

I agree with Mr Bill Blackburn regarding drivers using Kirkwood Drive as a rat run.

I live on the estate and that bend must be approached with caution and the high conifers in residents' gardens do not help either.

The council refuse to introduce any traffic-calming measures. It was only a matter of time before a serious accident occurred.

What I am surprised at is Clr Christine Stanfield's quote that the high volume of traffic is due to the number of homes on the estate.

Perhaps she should walk down in a morning or early evening, then she will see these are not residents of this estate.

As she pointed out, there are also several different cul-de-sacs and the traffic problems end up there as many drivers will use them as turning points.

On my cul-de-sac, this can happen at least 15 times a day, also late at night.

I chose to live here thinking it would be quiet location and the children would be safe to play out.

How wrong I was! The residents drive down slowly as they know children are out playing, but others speed down at a ridiculous speed.

I'm sure I will be wrong on this and that it's my eyes deceiving me - after all I only live with this everyday.

It would be nice if our high council tax banding on this estate could result in some traffic-calming or some signs on the cul-de-sacs to discourage the use of them as turning points.

Also, at each end of Kirkwood Drive, there ought to be a sign telling people to slow down.

Other councils have signs on streets to discourage drivers as there are children playing out.

M HUDSON Lindley
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Apr 14, 2009
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