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Police warn motorists to stop using illegal short-cut
POLICE are warning motorists on Portland not to take an illegal short-cut that could risk lives.
The Portland Safer Neighbourhood Team is urging drivers to stop travelling the wrong way down a one-way street in Fortuneswell.
They claim motorists are taking an illegal left turn at the junction of Spring Gardens and Fortuneswell to cut up through Ventnor Road towards the Verne Prison.
The warning comes after many complaints to Dorset Police from residents, local businesses and the local school crossing patrol officer, who fear that it could risk lives.
PCSO for Fortuneswell Jason Newall said: “We are constantly receiving complaints about drivers taking the illegal route as a short-cut.
“Pedestrians are not expecting cars to be driving in that direction and children from nearby schools cross the road there.
“It is not worth taking a short-cut when lives are at risk or an accident could happen. It is breaking the law and we are urging motorists to use the correct route.”
Drivers who choose to take the route could receive a £30 fine for contravening a local traffic order.
Luke Hendy, of local business Portland Pride, said: “I’m a driver and I would never do that.
“It could cause an accident because people aren’t expecting to see a car drive in that direction.
“It is not fair on the local businesses, the children crossing the road or the pedestrians.”
He added: “It doesn’t take much longer to drive the correct way around, so it makes no sense.”
Resident Tracy McCarthy, who lives on Fortuneswell, said: “I live right on the corner where these drivers are making the illegal turn.
“Cars, mopeds and vans all zoom around the corner and up along the short-cut.
“It isn’t right because the children cross nearby and might not check to see if a car is coming that from that way.”