School buses speeding

PUBLISHED: 01:01 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010

A POLICE crackdown on speeding has revealed how eight school buses carrying children along the East Budleigh main road were travelling too fast. Police say they were unable to stop the buses because their excessive speeds meant it was too dangerous for of

A POLICE crackdown on speeding has revealed how eight school buses carrying children along the East Budleigh main road were travelling too fast.Police say they were unable to stop the buses because their excessive speeds meant it was too dangerous for officers to step in front of the vehicles. The latest figures have been revealed by the police, who this month are operating zero tolerance on speeding and dangerous drivers in the Budleigh Salterton area as part of a Devon-wide scheme to curb anti-social driving.Budleigh neighbourhood beat manager PC Kim Chapman said out of seven single-decker buses carrying schoolchildren - just one was travelling within the 30mph speed limit.Two double-decker buses were caught speeding - one at 38mph and another at 39mph.Another vehicle was caught travelling at 50mph past the busy Rolle Arms junction.He said drivers local to East Budleigh were also caught driving too fast.PC Chapman said most vehicles had a recorded speed of 41mph - 11mph over the speed limit."It wasn't safe for us to stop them. We usually step out in front and pull them up, but they were going down too fast," said PC Chapman. ""I hadn't realised it had got so bad at East Budleigh."Residents have told us heavy goods vehicles and buses have been going so fast they make the buildings shake."If someone is pulling out of the junction onto the main road and a bus is going at that speed, there's not a hope in hell's chance they are going to stop."There were two of us, but we couldn't keep up with the sheer number of vehicles coming through which were speeding."The police spent an hour-and-a-half in East Budleigh, opposite the Rolle Arms, pointing a speed gun at passing traffic.

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