Community could tackle ‘boy racers’ in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 09:21 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:50 08 May 2017


Members of the public could be asked to help police crack down on ‘boy racers’ on the streets of Exmouth.

Some motorists have previously been accused of using parts of the town as a ‘race track’ by members of Exmouth Town Council, who said residents’ lives had been blighted by noise from revving engines.

Now, Councillor Bill Nash, a member of the East Devon Community Safety Partnership local action group, says he is in discussions with police about establishing a community speed watch scheme. This would see volunteers monitoring the speed of vehicles.

Cllr Nash said he hoped a scheme could be in place by the summer, but was waiting for police to confirm details and locations where monitoring could be carried out. Areas previously suggested as trouble spots by councillors have included Carlton Hill, Douglas Avenue, the A376, and areas of Brixington.

Cllr Nash said: “There are areas which have been troubled by speeding, often ‘boy racers’ as we commonly infer. At four or five sites around the town, we could look at the exercise. We have had so many emails and telephone calls of complaint from members of the public, asking what are we doing as a council.

“As a council, we can’t do a lot, but the police have now said we probably do need to have a community speed watch in operation in Exmouth.

“It’s because members of the public are being disturbed by noise and speeding.”

Cllr Nash says volunteers are not yet being sought, as the exact details of the scheme have not yet been agreed.

Devon and Cornwall Police states that speed watch schemes aim to ‘educate and inform’ speeding motorists, rather than issue fines or penalty points.

Details of vehicles caught speeding by volunteers are recorded and warning letters sent to the registered owner, together with educational information.

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