‘Shocking’ levels of speeding in Gateside

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Police have blasted the ‘shocking’ levels of speeding through the quiet village of Gateside, Cupar.

Two drivers were caught tearing along Main Street at well over 50mph last month — despite it having a 30mph limit.

One was travelling at 55mph and the other at 57mph. Both will be reported to the procurator fiscal for their excessive speeds.

Concerns about speeding were raised by members of the public at recent police community engagement meetings and by the community council.

Andy Jones, manager of Fife Safety Camera Partnership (FSCP), said: “It is nothing short of shocking that some drivers choose to travel at excessive speeds in and around our villages, despite our efforts to show a high visibility presence.

“Residents of Gateside can rest assured that safety camera deployment will continue in the village in a bid to safeguard them.

“The partnership is here for the community and will continue with routine deployments to encourage drivers to travel within the speed limits across Fife.”

Gateside lies on the main A91 road linking St Andrews with Stirling via the M90.

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The short stretch through the village includes a section going past the local primary school, which has a 20mph limit at certain times of day.

Community Sgt. Colette Mather said: “Local community officers have deployed on several occasions in Gateside to provide a high visibility presence to act as a deterrent to drivers exceeding the 30mph maximum speed limit.

“Drivers should ensure that they observe the limits at all times, ensuring that they keep both themselves and other road users safe.”

Area Community Inspector Garry Muir added: “One of the community engagement priorities expressed by locals in Gateside is that of excessive speed in the town.

“We are committed to creating safer communities and will continue to work closely with FSCP to ensure that the message of safe driving is reinforced.”

People can have their say on local policing priorities by attending a community engagement meeting in their area.

Details of dates, times and locations are available at www.fife.police.uk

* Some 26 drivers were warned abut their speed when police officers took to the roads of north east Fife for a ‘day of action’ on Friday, October 14.