Motorists risking accident by driving wrong way down one-way street

Derby motorists are putting lives at risk by driving the wrong way down a one-way street, a resident claims.

Drivers are travelling up Barlow Street despite it being clearly marked as one-way with “no entry” signs at the entrance.

Resident Stephen Ryde says drivers are risking an accident, as pedestrians would not think to look both ways when crossing a one-way street.

And he says that, because the road is so small, illegal drivers are having to mount the grassy area off the road in order to pass cars going the right way.

Drivers are going up Barlow Street incorrectly because nearby Bateman Street is currently closed for roadworks to construct a cycle lane.

Motorists typically use the road to get from London Road to Osmaston Road and vice versa.

Derby City Council says the signs are compliant with regulations and it is the police’s job to enforce moving vehicle offences.

Derbyshire police has said that where the signage is clear, as is the case here, there is “absolutely no justifiable reason” as to why you would drive down a one way street the wrong way.

Retired bus driver Mr Ryde said: “It’s just illegal. If people are crossing the road to go to the nearby school or something, they won’t be aware that cars are going up the wrong way.

“There could be an accident. People are having to go on the grass to avoid each other because the road is so small.

“That’s happened two or three times.”

Mr Ryde, 67, said he sees around 20 cars per day going the wrong way, including some from local taxi firms and delivery drivers.

He said: “They’ve stopped traffic coming up and down that road so they are all turning up from London Road on to Barlow Street.

“Police have been informed. An off-duty policeman saw the cars coming up the wrong way one time.

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“So the next night while he was on patrol he was there and stopped cars going the wrong way and told them it was illegal.”

Mr Ryde said the problems first started around three or four weeks ago when the roadworks first appeared.

He said: “Now it happens all day. There are ‘no entry’ signs on the entrance, but they could be a bit better. Some cars see the signs and do turn around, but some don’t.

“What we need is a camera or police officer here taking photos and issuing fines. That would stop them. I got in touch with the council but they don’t seem interested in dealing with it.”

Derbyshire police said: “Drivers may sometimes take a wrong turn and that is understandable – especially if you do not know the area.

“Equally we understand the frustration of having to take a detour that is longer than your usual route.

“However, where the signage is clear, as is the case here, there is absolutely no justifiable reason as to why you would drive down a one way street the wrong way.

“Driving in such a way is also extremely risky and pedestrians and other road user will not be expecting a car to be coming in the opposite direction and those breaking the law are putting themselves, and others, is serious danger.

“If drivers are found to be contravening the one way system then they can be fined £100 and receive three points in their licence. If that is not paid and the matter is taken to court then you could be fined up to £1,000.”

A Derby City Council spokesperson said: “We have reviewed the signage in the area and it complies with the regulation order.

“Since Barlow Street is subject to a one-way traffic order, this is a matter for the police who have exclusive powers to enforce this type of moving vehicle offence.

“Police should be contacted on their non-emergency number 101 with any information about vehicles contravening the existing traffic regulation order.”


Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News