Council removes 'traffic calming' dummies on safety grounds

 

A council has pledged to bring in new traffic calming measures after removing mannequins in high visibility jackets from the side of a road approaching a Scottish town.

Perth & Kinross Council said that while it appreciates that the dummies had been placed by the side of the A94 at Coupar Angus with the best of intentions, to discourage speeding, ‘unauthorised signage’ could distract drivers and jeopardise police enforcement action.

The two mannequins, with blue hair and high visibility jackets, were reported to be near the scene of a fatal accident last October, in which a toddler was knocked down and killed.

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The A94 entering Coupar Angus, without mannequins

According to the BBC, the mannequins were installed by local resident Jimmy Harris, who said vehicles regularly drove at speeds of up to 60mph on the road into the village.

He said: ‘After the accident they slowed down a wee bit but now they're picking up speed again.’

Perth & Kinross Council said the dummies were removed ‘in the interest of safety’.

It said it had been consulting with local elected members and the Coupar Angus and Bendochy Community Council in relation to a number of traffic calming measures at Forfar Road and Coupar Angus Road at Larghan Park in Coupar Angus.

Councillor John Kellas, convener of the council’s enterprise & infrastructure committee, said: ‘The first part of these changes, which involve an extension of the school-time 20mph limit on Forfar Road and an extension of the 30mph on Coupar Angus Road, will go before the March 8th meeting of the council’s enterprise & infrastructure committee.

'Subject to approval by the committee, the council will begin the formal process of changing the speed limits. We will continue to work with elected members and the community on further traffic calming measures as quickly as possible.'

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