Concerned residents in Lundin Links have said it is now ‘Time for Twenty’ after too many near misses on the village’s roads.
The ‘Make Largo Road Safer’ group is calling on Fife Council to implement a 20 mph speed limit throughout the village to make it safer for pedestrians.
Currently, the limit sits at 30mph but the group says that is not low enough following a number of recent incidents, including a one vehicle collision just two weeks ago in which a lamp post was knocked right over.
And in a separate incident, two HGV’s collided with parts of their wing mirrors being thrown into the path of a teenager on her way to school.
The group believes reducing the speed limit to 20mph would help tackle speeding, reduce the risk of accidents at tight bends, and allow traffic to flow more safely through the village.
Group member Heather Paterson, who also stays on Largo Road, said: “It’s time for urgent action to make the road safer for everyone.
“The road layout means that there are few realistic options. The best option is to reduce the speed limit. Other villages have really benefitted from the introduction of a 20mph speed limit.
“However to make that happen we need as many people as possible to show their support by signing the ‘Time for Twenty’ petition. Over the coming weeks we are taking the campaign door-to-door to make sure we send the strongest message possible to Fife Council that action is needed and it should be a priority.”
Member Esther Brown added: “We were really very lucky that the children were not playing outside when heavy parts of the lamppost landed in our garden. For a car to knock down a lamppost completely they must be going way too fast. I am looking for urgent action to make this road safer now rather than waiting until a serious accident does happen.”
The campaign has the backing of local Councillor Alistair Hunter, who said: “I’m fully backing the ‘Time for Twenty’ campaign because it makes sense for all road users, pedestrians and residents to bring down the limit through the villages. I have been working on road safety initiatives with various residents in the villages over the last few years with limited success. I’ve been told time and time again that Fife Council is listening. It’s time to stop listening and start taking action.”