The Speed Indicator Device (or SID) was purchased by Huish Parish Council this summer after getting on for two years of discussion and ultimately red-tape cutting by Wearne’s John Wood. It is erected for two week spells at any one of about 10 sites in Huish and Wearne and it records the speeds of all passing vehicles (in one direction) 24 hours a day.
In Wearne we are now in the position of being able to compare current traffic behaviour with the identically captured data we have from 2016, 2017 and 2019. One significant factor potentially influencing the figures for 2020 is of course the ‘traffic calming’ measures introduced in June with the ‘gateways’ at either end of the hamlet and bold 30mph signs. The aim of these was to make passing motorists more aware of the fact they were driving through someone else’s living environment and to make it almost impossible to not know the speed limit.
Of course, many factors influence the volume and speed of the traffic eg the time of day, whether there are any temporary traffic lights on the main roads around, whether we are in a Covid lockdown with schools closed or people working at home, whether SpeedWatch has been active recently and so on.
Summarising the SID data from 5 earlier recordings (2016 to 2019) and comparing it with the data from the last 4 months , it is significant that the average speed has dropped from 33mph to about 27mph and the percentage driving over the speed limit (30 mph) has dropped from the mid 70’s to under 30%.