Praise for community initiative which clocks speeding drivers

Bucks Free Press: Praise for community initiative which clocks speeding drivers Praise for community initiative which clocks speeding drivers

MORE than 1,000 speeding drivers were clocked over nine months in Hughenden, during a community check.

Community Speedwatch is a traffic monitoring scheme, which is co-ordinated by Thames Valley Police in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council.

It is run by volunteers who are trained to use detection devices to monitor speeds of vehicles travelling through their area.

They then pass details of speeding motorists to police who follow it up by sending out warning letters.

In Hughenden more than 1,000 drivers were clocked speeding between January and September.

Tony Konieczny, chairman of Hughenden Valley Residents Association, said: "Whenever I have taken part in a Speedwatch exercise on Valley Road in Hugheneden Valley, we have typically caught one speeder a minute.

"Motorists need to be made aware that this is a rural village road, with cyclists meandering in the avoidance of potholes and children and the elderly walking along narrow pavements. We take speeding seriously, for we value the welfare of our residents and vulnerable road users."

Hughenden has shown some reduction in motorists exceeding the limit this year but they can't say if it’s because of Speedwatch. There are more than 30 Speedwatch schemes running throughout the county.

Supt Gilbert Houalla, area commander for Wycombe, said: "I find this really useful and that’s why I support it. It gives the presence of enforcement. If you are driving in that area and you see the community in some form carrying out speed enforcement, then that’s going to be a deterrent."

Under the scheme, volunteers are issued with high -visibility jackets and roadside mobile signs, which must be displayed to notify motorists that they are entering a Community Speedwatch area.

Community Speedwatch can only operate in areas subject to a speed limit no greater than 40mph.

Police also use the feedback and results to decide where to place their own speed enforcement teams.

* For more information about starting a scheme contact your local Neighbourhood Police Officer via the Thames Valley Police call centre number non-emergency number: 101.

Transport for Buckinghamshire is also keen to develop the Community Speedwatch initiative further and offering a one off visit to showcase the Speedwatch equipment. For more information telephone 0845 230 2882 or e-mail tfb@buckscc.gov.uk

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4:12pm Wed 11 Dec 13

legiopatrianostra says...

These warning letters are about as effective as chocolate teapots. The devices aren't calibrated to enforcement spec, they are used by a couple of old gits with a clipboard pretenting to be policemen; i'd send the letter back saying prove it else cease and desist from any further attempts of harassment.
These warning letters are about as effective as chocolate teapots. The devices aren't calibrated to enforcement spec, they are used by a couple of old gits with a clipboard pretenting to be policemen; i'd send the letter back saying prove it else cease and desist from any further attempts of harassment. legiopatrianostra

5:58am Thu 12 Dec 13

Gaulnut says...

"Police also use the feedback and results to decide where to place their own speed enforcement teams.". Now we know what it is really about, cheap revenue generating research utilising the vocal minority.
"Police also use the feedback and results to decide where to place their own speed enforcement teams.". Now we know what it is really about, cheap revenue generating research utilising the vocal minority. Gaulnut

10:04am Thu 12 Dec 13

Kania 2000 says...

So how many of those clocked are local residents or taking their children to the local schools? lets have the whole story.
Mr Koniecny also fails to mention all those residents who always park on the pavements blocking them! Why don't they walk round and place polite notices on these offending cars, vans and skips? Or would that be too unpopular?
So how many of those clocked are local residents or taking their children to the local schools? lets have the whole story. Mr Koniecny also fails to mention all those residents who always park on the pavements blocking them! Why don't they walk round and place polite notices on these offending cars, vans and skips? Or would that be too unpopular? Kania 2000

10:38am Thu 12 Dec 13

no1buzz says...

1000 in 9months isn't quite 'typically one a minute' more like 4 per day
1000 in 9months isn't quite 'typically one a minute' more like 4 per day no1buzz

1:29pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Malc London says...

Tends to suggest that the speed limit is inadequate and needs to be increased.
Tends to suggest that the speed limit is inadequate and needs to be increased. Malc London

1:00am Fri 13 Dec 13

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Malc London wrote:
Tends to suggest that the speed limit is inadequate and needs to be increased.
Plonker... it suggests that some idiots can't help but speed.
The same type that drink and drive I suspect... about time they made this really hurt those who speed and not just give out awareness courses.

These community minded people are standing up to help their communities but all they get is criticism. I wonder how much the descenters might quickly change their tune IF an accident involving one of these types was to happen to them or their kith or kindred? What if was happening right outside your door and why don't you want to stop it?

I'm not suggesting sharia law but maybe if they had their right foot cut off they'd slow down?
[quote][p][bold]Malc London[/bold] wrote: Tends to suggest that the speed limit is inadequate and needs to be increased.[/p][/quote]Plonker... it suggests that some idiots can't help but speed. The same type that drink and drive I suspect... about time they made this really hurt those who speed and not just give out awareness courses. These community minded people are standing up to help their communities but all they get is criticism. I wonder how much the descenters might quickly change their tune IF an accident involving one of these types was to happen to them or their kith or kindred? What if was happening right outside your door and why don't you want to stop it? I'm not suggesting sharia law but maybe if they had their right foot cut off they'd slow down? Mr Totterdge Hill

9:20am Fri 13 Dec 13

Gaulnut says...

Mr Totterdge Hill wrote:
Malc London wrote: Tends to suggest that the speed limit is inadequate and needs to be increased.
Plonker... it suggests that some idiots can't help but speed. The same type that drink and drive I suspect... about time they made this really hurt those who speed and not just give out awareness courses. These community minded people are standing up to help their communities but all they get is criticism. I wonder how much the descenters might quickly change their tune IF an accident involving one of these types was to happen to them or their kith or kindred? What if was happening right outside your door and why don't you want to stop it? I'm not suggesting sharia law but maybe if they had their right foot cut off they'd slow down?
This comment just shows that you're the plonker, and is typical of what annoys me about this whole argument. "You speed and therefore you must drink and drive", what a completely stupid thing to say. The truth is that those that moan about speeding are the ones who like to crawl along themselves, and just don't like that other people are different and can drive faster. The focus on speed is the wrong focus if you are truly trying to prevent accidents, and if you bother to take the time to research the matter on underlying causes of accidents (i.e. frustration) and look at accident statistics then you might get a clue... but I doubt it because you just don't like people driving faster than you.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Totterdge Hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malc London[/bold] wrote: Tends to suggest that the speed limit is inadequate and needs to be increased.[/p][/quote]Plonker... it suggests that some idiots can't help but speed. The same type that drink and drive I suspect... about time they made this really hurt those who speed and not just give out awareness courses. These community minded people are standing up to help their communities but all they get is criticism. I wonder how much the descenters might quickly change their tune IF an accident involving one of these types was to happen to them or their kith or kindred? What if was happening right outside your door and why don't you want to stop it? I'm not suggesting sharia law but maybe if they had their right foot cut off they'd slow down?[/p][/quote]This comment just shows that you're the plonker, and is typical of what annoys me about this whole argument. "You speed and therefore you must drink and drive", what a completely stupid thing to say. The truth is that those that moan about speeding are the ones who like to crawl along themselves, and just don't like that other people are different and can drive faster. The focus on speed is the wrong focus if you are truly trying to prevent accidents, and if you bother to take the time to research the matter on underlying causes of accidents (i.e. frustration) and look at accident statistics then you might get a clue... but I doubt it because you just don't like people driving faster than you. Gaulnut

1:21pm Fri 13 Dec 13

big don g the 1st says...

no1buzz wrote:
1000 in 9months isn't quite 'typically one a minute' more like 4 per day
maybe they only do it for 4 minutes a day?
[quote][p][bold]no1buzz[/bold] wrote: 1000 in 9months isn't quite 'typically one a minute' more like 4 per day[/p][/quote]maybe they only do it for 4 minutes a day? big don g the 1st

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