TV crew films villagers clocking speeding cars

Bucks Free Press: TV crew films villagers clocking speeding cars TV crew films villagers clocking speeding cars

A GROUP of volunteers who have taken to the streets to try and slow down motorists were filmed by a TV crew today.

Villagers from Hughenden Valley were filmed by ITV Meridian carrying out a Community Speedwatch operation, where they note down speeding vehicles.

The scheme, which is co-ordinated by Thames Valley Police in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council, was launched five years ago and operates in more than 30 places across the county.

ITV homed in on Hughenden after it was identified as currently being the most active Speedwatch location in Bucks.

Residents have clocked an estimated 1,600 drivers this year for exceeding the 30mph speed limit.

The trained volunteers use detection devices to monitor traffic, and then pass on details of speeding motorists to police who follow it up by sending out warning letters.

Today, the group of villagers- who stood in the rain in Valley Road - noted down the details of 23 speeding drivers in about an hour.

They said this was fewer than usual. Janet Blake, county council cabinet member for Planning and Transportation, was also interviewed by ITV as part of the news feature.

She said: "I am pleased to see this initiative is gaining such media prominence because hopefully it will encourage motorists to drive more responsibly."

The feature is expected to be on ITV Meridian at 6pm tonight.

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5:08pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Marmite XO says...

Finally, my 5 seconds of fame - I was going really fast.
Finally, my 5 seconds of fame - I was going really fast. Marmite XO

5:16pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Fay93x says...

FLAMING BUSY BODIES. HOW DARE ANY ONE SPEED THROUGH THEIR LOVELY VILLAGE!!! I much prefer driving through sounding my horn at 7am on a Saturday morning. Far more annoying!!!!!!
FLAMING BUSY BODIES. HOW DARE ANY ONE SPEED THROUGH THEIR LOVELY VILLAGE!!! I much prefer driving through sounding my horn at 7am on a Saturday morning. Far more annoying!!!!!! Fay93x

5:17pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Fay93x says...

All the publicity, you never know, they may fix the road conditions too. Would be nice.
All the publicity, you never know, they may fix the road conditions too. Would be nice. Fay93x

5:33pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Kania 2000 says...

Still no mention of all those local residents who park on the pavements partly blocking them and obscuring the vision of road users. Road safety is not just about excess speed.
Still no mention of all those local residents who park on the pavements partly blocking them and obscuring the vision of road users. Road safety is not just about excess speed. Kania 2000

5:35pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

This is actually a national whip around to re-fill the Police's christmas champagne fund so they can hold a massive ball like every year from all the collected fines and line their own pockets !
This is actually a national whip around to re-fill the Police's christmas champagne fund so they can hold a massive ball like every year from all the collected fines and line their own pockets ! Bartholomew HuckleBerry

6:07pm Mon 16 Dec 13

big don g the 1st says...

What a fulfilling hobby with a pointless outcome. I might go and pretend to be a traffic cop and wave a flag at vans that look to be too heavy and flash a torch at untaxed vehicles.
What a fulfilling hobby with a pointless outcome. I might go and pretend to be a traffic cop and wave a flag at vans that look to be too heavy and flash a torch at untaxed vehicles. big don g the 1st

7:26pm Mon 16 Dec 13

legiopatrianostra says...

I think the author of this article , in the absence of any Police enforcement, calibrated speed detection gear, let alone Court proceedings,meant to write 'alledged speeding motorists' . The letters that follow the work of these old codgers and their do-gooding are safe to ignore or use as bog roll.
I think the author of this article , in the absence of any Police enforcement, calibrated speed detection gear, let alone Court proceedings,meant to write 'alledged speeding motorists' . The letters that follow the work of these old codgers and their do-gooding are safe to ignore or use as bog roll. legiopatrianostra

7:27pm Mon 16 Dec 13

legiopatrianostra says...

Fay93x wrote:
All the publicity, you never know, they may fix the road conditions too. Would be nice.
Precisely, if they were really concerned about safety, they'd give these old gits a shovel to fill in the potholes.
[quote][p][bold]Fay93x[/bold] wrote: All the publicity, you never know, they may fix the road conditions too. Would be nice.[/p][/quote]Precisely, if they were really concerned about safety, they'd give these old gits a shovel to fill in the potholes. legiopatrianostra

8:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

mervj says...

Another accident on Treadaway Hill yesterday. Nothing to do with old gits or road conditions,just idiots driving too fast!
Another accident on Treadaway Hill yesterday. Nothing to do with old gits or road conditions,just idiots driving too fast! mervj

10:03pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bluebanana says...

So basically, a lot of you are saying you're happy to break the law unless in the presence of a warranted officer and then, with the threat of prosecution, you'll obey the law??? Now wondering what other laws you think it's ok to break when you think the police aren't looking?!
So basically, a lot of you are saying you're happy to break the law unless in the presence of a warranted officer and then, with the threat of prosecution, you'll obey the law??? Now wondering what other laws you think it's ok to break when you think the police aren't looking?! bluebanana

10:52pm Mon 16 Dec 13

big don g the 1st says...

bluebanana wrote:
So basically, a lot of you are saying you're happy to break the law unless in the presence of a warranted officer and then, with the threat of prosecution, you'll obey the law??? Now wondering what other laws you think it's ok to break when you think the police aren't looking?!
Yes. I think it is also ok to put a stamp on upside down. And to trespass if taking a short cut on foot through a section of farmer's field without trampling vegetables or scaring livestock.
[quote][p][bold]bluebanana[/bold] wrote: So basically, a lot of you are saying you're happy to break the law unless in the presence of a warranted officer and then, with the threat of prosecution, you'll obey the law??? Now wondering what other laws you think it's ok to break when you think the police aren't looking?![/p][/quote]Yes. I think it is also ok to put a stamp on upside down. And to trespass if taking a short cut on foot through a section of farmer's field without trampling vegetables or scaring livestock. big don g the 1st

10:53pm Mon 16 Dec 13

big don g the 1st says...

And ok to eat a sweet out of your pick n mix before getting to the checkout.
And ok to eat a sweet out of your pick n mix before getting to the checkout. big don g the 1st

11:26pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Seasence1 says...

Does any one else get ITV LONDON not Meridian as there channel 3 ??

as the people above said, do something useful, go and sit with an old person who needs company or help out at the local community center.. we all stray over the speed limit now and again.. i never drive into a 30 thinking hmm are go 38 ! you just go with the road conditions at the time, ie if its chucking out time at school u drive under the limit
Does any one else get ITV LONDON not Meridian as there channel 3 ?? as the people above said, do something useful, go and sit with an old person who needs company or help out at the local community center.. we all stray over the speed limit now and again.. i never drive into a 30 thinking hmm are go 38 ! you just go with the road conditions at the time, ie if its chucking out time at school u drive under the limit Seasence1

6:32am Tue 17 Dec 13

Gaulnut says...

Four muppets and 1600 speeding notices. As I've said before, it is the vocal minority who just don't like that others can drive faster than they can. You can argue that there are a couple more who weren't there that day, or that the 1600 probably had a few duplicates, but it does put the whole thing in perspective all the same.

If you want to prevent accidents, you're focusing on the wrong thing. Go and do some research.
Four muppets and 1600 speeding notices. As I've said before, it is the vocal minority who just don't like that others can drive faster than they can. You can argue that there are a couple more who weren't there that day, or that the 1600 probably had a few duplicates, but it does put the whole thing in perspective all the same. If you want to prevent accidents, you're focusing on the wrong thing. Go and do some research. Gaulnut

11:07am Tue 17 Dec 13

Marsbarmad says...

Ah, those old boys. I know of someone that popped a stand up wheelie on his motorbike past them, he never heard anything. :)
Ah, those old boys. I know of someone that popped a stand up wheelie on his motorbike past them, he never heard anything. :) Marsbarmad

11:35am Tue 17 Dec 13

M40 says...

The current ENGLISH team in last place of footballs FAIR PLAY league is
THE METROPOLITAN POLICE TEAM, bloody thugs all of them.

When a similar scheme was tried in Medmenham it was scrapped after most of those caught were local people.

Motorist should put those water super soaker's the kids have fun with on their Christmas list just to dampen their paperwork.

Hughenden may be the peaceful place those Romanian travellers would like to pitch their tents in the new year, stemming that flow would serve a more useful purpose but let us have our new year rave up first..
The current ENGLISH team in last place of footballs FAIR PLAY league is THE METROPOLITAN POLICE TEAM, bloody thugs all of them. When a similar scheme was tried in Medmenham it was scrapped after most of those caught were local people. Motorist should put those water super soaker's the kids have fun with on their Christmas list just to dampen their paperwork. Hughenden may be the peaceful place those Romanian travellers would like to pitch their tents in the new year, stemming that flow would serve a more useful purpose but let us have our new year rave up first.. M40

6:19pm Tue 17 Dec 13

sparky49 says...

Kania 2000 wrote:
Still no mention of all those local residents who park on the pavements partly blocking them and obscuring the vision of road users. Road safety is not just about excess speed.
Do you know, some of these busy body's actually do more than 70 on a motorway.
[quote][p][bold]Kania 2000[/bold] wrote: Still no mention of all those local residents who park on the pavements partly blocking them and obscuring the vision of road users. Road safety is not just about excess speed.[/p][/quote]Do you know, some of these busy body's actually do more than 70 on a motorway. sparky49

7:36am Wed 18 Dec 13

Blaze Falconburger says...

I wonder how many of the 1600 are Hughenden residents? I'd be pretty annoyed if I found out my neighbour had caught me a few mph over the speed limit.

So out of 1600 "speeders" or "dangerous drivers" - how many crashed in Hughenden?

Maybe this is a case to return it to 40mph like it used to be years ago!
I wonder how many of the 1600 are Hughenden residents? I'd be pretty annoyed if I found out my neighbour had caught me a few mph over the speed limit. So out of 1600 "speeders" or "dangerous drivers" - how many crashed in Hughenden? Maybe this is a case to return it to 40mph like it used to be years ago! Blaze Falconburger

11:51am Wed 18 Dec 13

I know who I am says...

Bartholomew HuckleBerry wrote:
This is actually a national whip around to re-fill the Police's christmas champagne fund so they can hold a massive ball like every year from all the collected fines and line their own pockets !
Well someone has to pay for their Christmas party
[quote][p][bold]Bartholomew HuckleBerry[/bold] wrote: This is actually a national whip around to re-fill the Police's christmas champagne fund so they can hold a massive ball like every year from all the collected fines and line their own pockets ![/p][/quote]Well someone has to pay for their Christmas party I know who I am

11:53am Wed 18 Dec 13

I know who I am says...

bluebanana wrote:
So basically, a lot of you are saying you're happy to break the law unless in the presence of a warranted officer and then, with the threat of prosecution, you'll obey the law??? Now wondering what other laws you think it's ok to break when you think the police aren't looking?!
And any driver who says they have never broke a speed limit even by 1 mile an hour is a liar
[quote][p][bold]bluebanana[/bold] wrote: So basically, a lot of you are saying you're happy to break the law unless in the presence of a warranted officer and then, with the threat of prosecution, you'll obey the law??? Now wondering what other laws you think it's ok to break when you think the police aren't looking?![/p][/quote]And any driver who says they have never broke a speed limit even by 1 mile an hour is a liar I know who I am

8:55pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Tony.. says...

Blaze Falconburger wrote:
I wonder how many of the 1600 are Hughenden residents? I'd be pretty annoyed if I found out my neighbour had caught me a few mph over the speed limit.

So out of 1600 "speeders" or "dangerous drivers" - how many crashed in Hughenden?

Maybe this is a case to return it to 40mph like it used to be years ago!
As it happens, all 1600 crashed and died.
This must be true, as, it is well known speeding kills.
[quote][p][bold]Blaze Falconburger[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of the 1600 are Hughenden residents? I'd be pretty annoyed if I found out my neighbour had caught me a few mph over the speed limit. So out of 1600 "speeders" or "dangerous drivers" - how many crashed in Hughenden? Maybe this is a case to return it to 40mph like it used to be years ago![/p][/quote]As it happens, all 1600 crashed and died. This must be true, as, it is well known speeding kills. Tony..

8:36pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Minority Report says...

Tony.. wrote:
Blaze Falconburger wrote:
I wonder how many of the 1600 are Hughenden residents? I'd be pretty annoyed if I found out my neighbour had caught me a few mph over the speed limit.

So out of 1600 "speeders" or "dangerous drivers" - how many crashed in Hughenden?

Maybe this is a case to return it to 40mph like it used to be years ago!
As it happens, all 1600 crashed and died.
This must be true, as, it is well known speeding kills.
End of problem ! As Tony states it is well known that speeding kills, so logically it's a problem that should resolve itself over time. Or someone isn't telling the truth! As a person who regularly travels at over 300 mph I have never had any speed related health issues, not even breathlessness. What I find dangerous to health is stopping very suddenly, or falling over.

Exceeding the speed limit is a national past-time, committed by the very same busy bodies, school run mums and police alike. The stats issued by the Dept of transport show it all. Why waste the time and effort, If the government and law makers were serious about this preventing this making making activity, Every new car could have a GPS system embedded into it's engine management preventing cars from breaking the local speed limit. I think that the government should start with police vehicles, tried of seeing the police speed about, often they are going back to wycombe station. Perhaps they have lots of break-in at wycombe police station can't understand why or perhaps cold donuts are not so palatable.
[quote][p][bold]Tony..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blaze Falconburger[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many of the 1600 are Hughenden residents? I'd be pretty annoyed if I found out my neighbour had caught me a few mph over the speed limit. So out of 1600 "speeders" or "dangerous drivers" - how many crashed in Hughenden? Maybe this is a case to return it to 40mph like it used to be years ago![/p][/quote]As it happens, all 1600 crashed and died. This must be true, as, it is well known speeding kills.[/p][/quote]End of problem ! As Tony states it is well known that speeding kills, so logically it's a problem that should resolve itself over time. Or someone isn't telling the truth! As a person who regularly travels at over 300 mph I have never had any speed related health issues, not even breathlessness. What I find dangerous to health is stopping very suddenly, or falling over. Exceeding the speed limit is a national past-time, committed by the very same busy bodies, school run mums and police alike. The stats issued by the Dept of transport show it all. Why waste the time and effort, If the government and law makers were serious about this preventing this making making activity, Every new car could have a GPS system embedded into it's engine management preventing cars from breaking the local speed limit. I think that the government should start with police vehicles, tried of seeing the police speed about, often they are going back to wycombe station. Perhaps they have lots of break-in at wycombe police station can't understand why or perhaps cold donuts are not so palatable. Minority Report

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