Successful speeding operation – 193 vehicles caught
Newquay Police, safety partners and local Speed Watch team clamp down on speeding motorists
Devon and Cornwall Police roads policing officers and staff from the Peninsula Road Safety Camera Partnership have been working alongside Devon and Cornwall road casualty reduction officers and neighbourhood officers in a one day operation based in and around the Newquay area to target speeding drivers.
The operation took place on Wednesday 30th May in response to community concerns regarding excess speed and anti-social driving. The intention was to enforce the law and to educate drivers about road safety particularly during the busy bank holiday and school holiday week which sees high numbers of visitors to the Newquay area.
Police and partner agencies were assisted by volunteers from the Community Speed Watch Team
Despite poor weather conditions, 193 vehicles were caught travelling in excess of the speed limit.
These offences are dealt with through the Peninsula Road Safety Camera Partnership. All of the registered owners of the vehicles will receive a letter in the first instance. The registered keeper is given 28 days to provide information identifying the actual driver, which of course may be them, and that results in a Notice of Intended Prosecution being sent out to that person.
Dependant on the response by the driver the speeding offence can then be dealt with by way of a speed awareness course, by a conditional offer or by the court, depending on the severity of the offence.
There were also a number of individuals dealt with for offences of no insurance, no road tax, not wearing a seatbelt, defective lighting, non-standard vehicle registration number and having a dangerous load.
Officers and staff worked with partner agencies to establish key locations for enforcement which had been highlighted by the public as areas of concern.
It has long been known that speed is one of the top five contributory factors in collision which cause death or serious injury. The others are not wearing a seatbelt, drink or drug driving, driving while distracted by a mobile device and careless or inconsiderate driving.
Sue Naylor, a Speed Detection Officer based in Bodmin, said: “This operation sought to reduce excess speed, whilst reassuring the local community that we take their concerns seriously.”
If your community has concerns about speeding drivers, your first contact should be your local policing team which you can find here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/your-area
Speed Watch is a scheme designed to drive down the speeds of vehicles in areas which have, specifically, limits of 40mph and below.
Speed Watch involves members of the local community, and aims to engage and educate drivers rather than issue fines and court summonses. Using a staged warning system, first-time offenders will receive education and warnings, persistent offenders can expect further police action and even a court appearance.
You can read more about Speed Watch here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/on-the-road/speed-watch and in our Speed Watch FAQs: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/on-the-road/speed-watch/faqs-speed-watch
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