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Alliance Roads Policing supports national speeding operation

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No need, and No Excuse, for excessive speed

Roads policing teams in Devon and Cornwall, supported by the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership, carried out a two week operation aimed at reducing Fatal Five offences, such as excessive speed, the main causes and contributory factors to deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

Operation Prominence ran from 14 to 27 January 2019 in support of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) speed campaign which ran nationwide. Other offences, such as driving with no insurance or defective tyres, were detected during the course of the operation.

Police and the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership detected over 2,500 speeding offences. Officers were deployed across the whole of Devon and Cornwall, from main arterial routes to areas of community concern. Officers on the main roads recorded speeds in excess of 100 mph on several occasions and officers working in 30mph areas saw speeds in excess of 50mph, with some motorists reaching almost twice the limit.

The operation was led by the No Excuse Team and supported by officers from the Alliance Roads Policing Team (RPT) and firearms officers (ARV) as well as officers from response and neighbourhood teams.

Some motorists who were stopped for excess speed came up with a range of excuses in an attempt to mitigate their dangerous actions. They ranged from one motorist who was angry about getting a parking ticket earlier in the day to another who, stopped at 111mph in the dark and rain on the A30, explained it was because the road was wide.

PC Daniel Furneaux from the No Excuse team said “Speeding isn’t just about where the needle is on the speedometer and if that is higher than the indicated limit. It’s about your reaction times and braking conditions for the road you’re on and factors such as rain or ice. Your speed may be under the limit, but excessive for the conditions or your abilities.

“By increasing your speed you increase the danger inherent in these other factors which, combined with your vehicle condition, the weather and other motorists, can be the catalyst for a serious injury or fatal collision.”

“The aim of the two weeks was to make motorists address their speeds. Those that didn’t will find they have either a speed awareness course to attend or points and a fine, and those that drove far in excess of the speed limit will find they have time to think about their behaviour as they serve a driving ban courtesy of the courts.”

Police officers from the No Excuse team, RPT and ARV predominately used unmarked vehicles fitted with speed detection equipment. However one motorist was stopped while travelling at 91mph, despite being monitored by a marked police vehicle travelling behind.

Marcus Laine, operations manager for the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership, said: “Safety camera vans are not just mobile housings for the familiar Gatso cameras.

“The operators manually scan all traffic within their camera field of vision, make a professional assessment that an individual vehicle is speeding and then line up the camera on the vehicle and activate the laser detector.

“If a speeding offence is detected at this point the operator then continues to manually track that vehicle and record onto video the next few seconds. Given the manual nature of the work, this means that the vans need a clear field of view and therefore can’t simply “hide” as some people believe. This is a myth.”


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