Exmouth seafront speeding not common, police say

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 October 2016


Police efforts to monitor 'boy racers' on Exmouth seafront have revealed that cases of drivers speeding in the area are rare.

However, officers say they will continue efforts to fight antisocial behaviour caused by vehicles making too much noise.

Following complaints from residents about speeding vehicles, a monitoring device was installed on Carlton Hill, which recorded around 5,000 vehicle movements.

The results of the survey showed that the average speed of traffic was below the 30mph speed limit, with only three passing vehicles in excess of 45mph.

Councillor Bill Nash, a member of the Exmouth Police Local Action Group, told a recent Exmouth Town Council meeting that Inspector Antonia Weeks had written to him, saying: “The results recommend no further action by enforcement or regulatory bodies.”

Inspector Weeks continued: “That aside, the monitoring was for speed not noise.

“It is highly likely that despite speed not being the issue, vehicles are still causing a noise problem in the area by accelerating up or down the hill.

“There also seems to be an issue with noisy motorbikes along the seafront. We have carried out various operations in the area to address antisocial driving and the associated noise and will continue to monitor the problem.”

The issue was raised by the council earlier this year, with councillors saying residents had been reduced to tears, having been kept awake by the sound of revving engines, and complaining that drivers were using the town’s roads as a racetrack.

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