Village speeders shock as police crack down

PUBLISHED: 09:14 14 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:54 10 June 2010

A crackdown on speeding motorists is set to get tough this month as police promise prosecutions. As police took to rural roads with a speed gun, officers were surprised to note many offenders turned out to be locals from the very villages concerned by speeding.

A crackdown on speeding motorists is set to get tough this month as police promise prosecutions.

As police took to rural roads with a speed gun, officers were surprised to note many offenders turned out to be locals from the very villages concerned by speeding.

Responding to complaints over speeding from residents in villages, Exmouth's neighbourhood beat team targeted Woodbury and Clyst St George as they monitored speed and warned drivers.

Team leader, Sergeant Phil Godfrey said: "There is a serious problem of speeding in our villages and this work to combat it will continue. We will be more than doubling our efforts during the month of March and a number of operations are planned in towns and villages.

"Sadly, the vast majority of those that we have spoken to and dealt with are residents of the village that reports the problems."

Hour-long speed checks at random times have seen dozens of motorists pulled over to be educated over speed limits.

Officers will now seek a policy of enforcement on the area's roads.

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