Speed check tactics to 'slow down traffic'

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 September 2016

Ron Dabree, and Peter Cook monitoring the speeds of cars on the Exmouth Road.

Ron Dabree, and Peter Cook monitoring the speeds of cars on the Exmouth Road.

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Speed check volunteers between Knowle and Budleigh Salterton have defended their policy of putting out signs warning motorists of their presence.

Knowle Community Speed Watch carry out weekly checks on the Exmouth Road, as well as in the village centre.

Volunteers Ron Dobree, Jan Manfield and Peter Cook were out with their speed gun on Friday (September 16).

However, concerns have been raised that putting up a sign warning oncoming motorists of the speed checks could be counterproductive.

It is thought motorists are slowing down between the sign and the speed gun position.

Mr Dabree said police had told them they have to put the sign out.

He said: “If people are speeding, we should be catching them before they get to the sign.

“The objective is to slow traffic down and the sign helps achieve this.”

Some 380 cars went through the speed check point in Exmouth Road heading towards Station Road, which was described by the team as ‘on the high side’.

Mr Cook said usually the team expected around 350 cars to pass through in the 90 minutes they are stationed there.

Twenty of those 380 vehicles were caught exceeding the limit.

The information being gained by the volunteers will be entered into a police database.

Offenders are sent a letter warning them of the dangers of speeding.

If they re-offend, they are sent a strongly-worded letter, warning them police could take action against them if they are caught again.

The community speed watch scheme aims to educate drivers who exceed speed limits and make communities safer.

Knowle Community Speed Watch is looking for more volunteers to help them monitor speeds in and around the village.

Anyone interested in becoming a member should contact police community support officer Chantalle Major by ringing 101 or by going to www.devon-cornwall.police.uk

They can also speak with PCSO Major when she holds her next open surgery at Budleigh Library, in Station Road, starting at 12.15pm on Saturday (September 24).

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