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Respect The Speed Limit Results

Author: Hazel Nicholas Published: 14th September 2012 13:42

Respect The Speed Limit Results

Warwickshire Police and Local Community Speedwatch groups engaged with almost 700 motorists as they targetted speeding drivers during a ten day campaign between 16 and 26 August 2012.

Supt Adrian McGee, from Warwickshire Police said "This was an opportunity to address the concerns of local communities who frequently ask us to do something about drivers speeding past their homes putting lives at risk.

Over the last few years, on average 35 people a year die on Warwickshire's roads and this is just one activity officers are conducting on Warwickshire's roads to make them safer for people who live, work or visit Warwickshire.

During the campaign, Officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Community Speedwatch Groups used portable speed measuring devices to measure traffic speed on local roads. As a result 371 motorists were given verbal or written warnings.   Some examples of speed checks in areas where the communities have raised concern are given below.

Following a speed check on Coventry Road, Kingsbury on 21 August the drivers of 17 vehicles received warning letters about their speed. Whilst there, Safer Neighbourhood Officers talked to the community about their concerns and interest in setting up their own Local Community Speedwatch Group to check drivers speeds around Kingsbury.

The same day, 14 vehicles were caught breaking the speed limit in Nether Whitacre.

On the A3400 Birmingham Road, Stratford upon Avon, 60 motorists were dealt with for speeding offences on 21 August.

Although the speed of 64 vehicles were checked in Seabrooke Avenue and Bloxham Gardens in New Bilton Rugby on 22 August, none were found to be speeding. This is an excellent result and reassuring for local residents.

The vast majority of 50 vehicles checked on Exhall Road, Keresley, Hospital Lane, Bedworth and Wheelwright Lane on 22 August were over the 30 mph speed limit and have been sent letters warning them of their speed.
As a result of speed checks on 21 August on Tunnel Road, Galley Common in Nuneaton, 8 warning letters were sent to drivers after 95 speed checks were carried out.

On 25 August in The Common, Earlswood 64 vehicles were checked and 3 were found to be contravening the speed limit. The vehicles were pulled over and the drivers given roadside advice.

The same day in Church Hill, Wolvey over 100 vehicles were checked entering and leaving the village and 15 were found to be exceeding the limit and have been issued with warning letters.

Speedchecks were also carried out in or near Treddington, Sambourne, Halford, Shilton, Great Alne, Wellesbourne, Wootton Wawen, Wilmcote, Claverdon, Wixford, Brinklow, Harborough Magna, and at a variety of locations in Nuneaton, Stratford, and Rugby

Speeding motorists also risk being caught on one of the county's many Safety Cameras. During the period of the TISPOL campaign 652 motorists were caught speeding on the fixed camera network and 328 were caught speeding by Warwickshire Police mobile enforcement vehicles that operate throughout the county. These motorists face a range of penalties from having to attend a Speed Awareness Course to a £60 fixed penality notice and 3 points or a summons to court where the Magistrate will decide the penalty. Anyone stopped on suspicion of speeding is also breath tested.

Supt Adrian McGee said "We hope this activity will help encourage motorists to watch their speed on local roads and reduce the risk of harm. Excess speed is a factor in over 25% of all deaths on the roads. Please respect the speed limit and slow down further if driving conditions are poor.

To find out more about the work Warwickshire Police is doing to make the county's roads safer by addressing the nuisance caused by off road motorbikes, denying criminals the use of the roads and how officers use techniques such as the tactical pursuit and containment of suspected criminals, please click on the link below to view our latest YouTube video.

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