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Suffolk: Drivers back concerns over hidden road signs

PUBLISHED: 07:35 19 June 2014

An example of obscured road signs

An example of obscured road signs

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Motorists have united in condemning the prevalence of obscured road signs in Suffolk after the problem was highlighted by a
driver’s speeding appeal victory.

As reported in Tuesday’s EADT, Caspar James successfully argued in court that his speeding conviction, issued in July 2013, had been unfair as the 30mph sign in Wattisfield, near Eye, had been covered with foliage.

Mr James’s concerns that obscured signs were dangerous, unfair and far too
widespread – particularly along rural routes – have been echoed by readers online and by email.

One driver, who wished to remain anonymous, highlighted his own legal battle to overturn a speeding conviction, when he was caught doing 42mph in a 30mph zone in Suffolk. Like Mr James, this motorist was also able to argue the obscured signs left him unable to determine the legal limit.

Judge John Holt, responding to the prosecution’s submission that the driver should have checked the obscured sign, said sarcastically: “I see. So, there could be 30, 40, 50 or 60mph (signs) and it is incumbent on him to stop, get out his shears and have a look?”

Others, commenting on Mr James’s experience, highlighted obscured signs around Sproughton, Sudbury and other rural routes.

Sue Douglas said: “What a shambles of a country we have become.”

A fugitive’s battle to evade justice despite already spending two years behind bars in Ireland has been described as “farcical” by a Suffolk MP.

A man aged in his 80s has become the 20th person to be killed on Suffolk’s roads this year following an accident on the A11 at Barton Mills on Saturday.

Parts of Colchester town centre were sealed off on Friday after a van caught fire in the middle of a street.

A former Ipswich man has appeared in court charged with possessing a double-barrelled shotgun and two stun guns.

Colchester MP Will Quince has declared the development of an army training ground for 1,000 homes unwelcome and unnecessary, despite their inclusion in a blueprint for future growth.

The family of missing man Corrie McKeague believe a criminal investigation should take place if he is not found by police searching landfill for the RAF gunner.

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