A police crackdown on motorists speeding through villages has been welcomed.
Mobile speed camera vans were out over the weekend in the villages to try to stop drivers putting lives at risk by travelling through residential areas well above the speed limit.
One of the villages being targeted on the A64 is Rillington, where residents have been campaigning for decades for a bypass. On Sunday police caught three people breaking the speed limit in just one 30- minute period when a camera was set up in the village.
Ryedale District councillor Brian Maud said one of the worst problems was caused by the traffic at the cross roads in Rillington.
He said: “We find that motorists on the A64 speed when they are in front of a traffic queue and the lights turn green.
“The volume of traffic makes it very difficult for local people coming from the side roads to access the A64 because only three or four cars get through before the lights change.
“The need for a by-pass has been proved many times but the cost makes it more difficult to achieve.
“Ideally it should have been built 40 years ago.
“We often have long tail backs of traffic going through the village.
“There are complaints of speeding traffic but when the A64 is busy it slows it down.”
At the Providence Inn at Yedingham where there are sharp bends parked vehicles parked in the village street do slow vehicles down said landlady, Cas Radford.
She added: “But we do get some motorists going through too fast which is unsafe because of the bends.
“Generally speaking it is not to bad because of the parked vehicles and farm traffic which slows vehicles down.”
The police are also targeting speeders in Wykeham, Snainton, Wrelton, between Helmsley and Sutton Bank, and Sutton-under-Whitestone Cliffe, on the A170 and at Whitwell-on-the-Hill on the A64.
One regular user of both road the A64 and A170 said: “You have to assume that round every bend there could be a police camera van, and as such allow more time for your journey.”
Insp Dave Barf of the Roads Policing Group, who is the lead for the Operation AEGIS campaign to improve safety on North Yorkshire’s Roads, said:
“The safety camera vans are just one of the enforcement methods being used as part of Operation AEGIS – our campaign to reduce casualties and fatalities on North Yorkshire roads.
“506 people were killed or seriously injured on our roads last year and we are committed to ensuring we do everything we can to reduce this number.
“Along with the safety cameras we are also deploying high visibility patrols, unmarked patrols, covert patrols, unmarked motorcycle equipped with speed detection and video recording equipment and the National Police Air Service helicopter.”