Speed checks

AN ongoing crackdown on speeding motorists began in the Avenues last week, following concerns from residents.

AN ongoing crackdown on speeding motorists began in the Avenues last week, following concerns from residents.Impromptu checks on Friday afternoon on the stretch of road close to Merrion Avenue, connecting Cranford Avenue and Douglas Avenue, were carried out - and nearly a third of motorists were speeding.Hand-held speed detection device's captured the speeds of 64 vehicles, providing what Exmouth Police call a 'visible' deterrent.The checks were top of the list of concerns list by residents at a recent PACT - Police and Communities Together - meeting.Police clocked the average speeds of vehicles travelling towards Sandy Bay as 28.9 mph, with 14 vehicles breaking the 30 mph speed limit. And the average speed towards the town was 30 mph, of which five vehicles were over the 30 mph limit. Five vehicles travelling between 35 and 44 mph were given advice at the roadside regarding their speed. Police Community Support Officer for Littleham, Nikki Payne said: "The residents of Douglas Avenue have raised concerns regarding the speed of traffic in the Avenues. "This is an ongoing issue and we do carry out visible speed checks when possible. "However, the residents have brought it to our attention once again and it is currently considered to be the top priority for those living in Douglas Avenue. "These checks will continue in order to deter regular users of the route. In addition, we now have a new roadside speed indicator unit, which we will be using in the road in the coming weeks, along with other measures."Nikki added that, if residents had any further ideas or comments to make about the speed checks, they could contact her on 08452 777444, asking for PCSO 30030 or email on nicola.payne@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

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