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Rufforth villagers’ anger over speeding motorists
VILLAGERS near York have spoken of their fears and frustrations after a series of road accidents outside their homes.
Residents in Rufforth say they have suffered a stream of incidents in the last two years when vehicles have come off the road and crashed into buildings and other cars in the village.
Pat Comber-Evans has lived in the village for seven years and witnessed several incidents in that time. She said: “The problem is, it’s all very well having speed limits, but if people don’t stick to them it’s no good.
“We need to have police here every so often so the village gets known in the area as somewhere you will get caught if you speed.”
Last month, The Press reported how a five-year-old girl was knocked off her feet as she walked to school in the village when a lorry mounted the pavement.
Now police have confirmed that on Monday a car came off the road and crashed through a garden wall in the village.
No one was hurt in the early-morning incident and police said the car was not speeding at the time, but neighbours said it is the second time the wall has been flattened by a car in less than a year, and are calling for police and council officials to tackle the problem.
About two years ago, the village institute hall’s boundary wall suffered a similar fate and a car destroyed most of it, and in May this year a parked car was written off when a vehicle crashed into it near the village’s Methodist Church.
Institute secretary Malcolm Coward has lived in the village for 31 years and said most of the problems were “undoubtedly” caused by speed.
In his eyes, only drastic measures like “average speed” cameras at each end of the village would solve the problem.
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