We’ve put up a home-made ‘speed camera’ to keep drivers past our houses at 20mph after the council removed speed limits

Angry residents have tried to install their own “speed cameras” to slow motorists speeding through their streets.

Locals in Rockcliffe Way, Newcastle, have branded the street a “death trap” before setting up the cameras.

Johnny Lindsay helped set up the cameras

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Johnny Lindsay helped set up the camerasCredit: NCJMedia
Locals hope other drivers will obey the speed limit

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Locals hope other drivers will obey the speed limitCredit: NCJMedia

The road has a 20 mph speed limit, but residents took matters into their own hands after seeing the number of times it broke.

The idea was spearheaded by filmmaker Jonny Lindsay, who has been on the road for 14 years.

He said: “Eighton Banks is a historic village next to the Bowes Railway line, used by horse riders, dog walkers and cyclists but is turning into a potential death trap.

“There was no crash, but we think it’s only a matter of time.”

Mr Lindsay claims that Gateshead Council recently had the road resurfaced to bring it up to par with speed bumps.

He added that the new ‘chicane’ was built on a corner opposite a public bridleway and cars are now accelerating to get through as quickly as possible.

The DIY camera went up this week and locals said it’s too early to say whether or not it’s having an effect yet.

But Mr Lindsay added: “If this camera temporarily slows down cars, trucks and buses and makes the road safer, that can only be a good thing.

“All we are asking is that Gateshead Council inspect and replace the speed bumps to calm traffic before it gets seriously worse.”

He revealed that a petition has also been started to install effective speed bumps on the road.

A spokesman for Gateshead Council said: “It is good that residents in Eighton Banks are concerned about road safety, we share their concerns and will support them where possible to address speeding issues.

“We have had speed reduction measures on the Rockcliffe Way for several years. We are aware of an issue with some of the speed pads and we are trying to program some workarounds to reduce the speed.

“We will arrange for a member of our team to inspect this location to see what else we can do to encourage compliance with the 30 and 20 mph speed limits.”

Setting up a fake or homemade speed camera is not illegal, but police have previously reported that such activity is not encouraged.

But people who have done so in the past have faced the risk of civil lawsuits from the councils if they are housed on their land.

Northumbria Police have been contacted for comment.

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8591696/diy-speed-camera-drivers-stick-past-our-homes/ We’ve put up a home-made ‘speed camera’ to keep drivers past our houses at 20mph after the council removed speed limits

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