New Police Operation to combat speed

Excessive speed is one of the Fatal Five top contributory factors to deaths and serious injuries on UK roads, because collisions where speed is a factor have a disproportionately high rate of fatalities associated with them.
For two weeks from 14 – 27 January Devon and Cornwall Police and partner agencies will be targeting drivers who selfishly endanger other road users not to mention themselves by speeding, as will police forces across the UK in support of a campaign led by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).
There is no excuse for excessive speed when driving, either breaking the speed limit or traveling too fast for the road conditions, but that doesn’t stop drivers who are pulled over from offering them.
The highlights from the Alliance Roads Policing team’s activity in the first week of 2019 alone (see photo montage) supplied the following gems:
  • Keeping up with the flow of traffic” when having just overtaken an unmarked police car and everything else (92mph)
     
  • “My cat is sick” (91mph, with children in the car)
     
  • “In a rush to get to my girlfriends house” (101mph)
     
  • “Didn’t realise I was going that fast” (100mph)
     
  • “Chatting and distracted” (94mph)
Far from just handing out “speeding tickets”, dependent on the severity of each offence drivers may receive penalty points on their licence and a fine, or they may have the option of attending a speed awareness course in which case those penalties will not apply.
In extreme cases of excessive speed, they may face a day in court which could result in a driving ban.
Operations will be carried out across Devon and Cornwall on arterial routes and A roads, and in areas where concerns have been raised about speeding through towns and communities.
Devon and Cornwall Police will deploy the No Excuse team and the Alliance and Alliance Specials Roads Policing teams, working with the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership (PRSP) which operates static and mobile speed safety cameras.
In a separate announcement, the PRSP have warned drivers that speed enforcement warning signs are not a legal requirement to validate the results of an operation.
Marcus Laine, Operations Manager for the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership: “In future we may operate for short periods without using camera warning signs at sites which have been assessed locally as needing an intervention, and require us to deploy in the short term.
“If the site continues to be used the partnership will consider adding camera warning signs to further improve compliance.”
A fuller statement about this will be available on the PRSP website next week.
Alison Hernandez, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, is the national lead for road safety for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
A survey run by her office last month showed that the public overwhelming supported tougher penalties for drivers who flout the law.
She said: “The new No Excuse roads policing team, coupled with the partnership’s work, means speeding drivers are less likely to be able to get away with endangering their lives and the lives of others.
“In 2017, the last year for which there are figures, there were 1,616 reported accidents in Devon and Cornwall and 63 deaths on our roads, this is simply unacceptable.
“I think it’s absolutely right that the mobile speed cameras can appear without warning anywhere on our roads – whether they be major routes or smaller rural locations where we know a disproportionate number of serious collisions occur.
“The simple message to drivers is that if you don’t want to be penalised for speeding, stay within the limits.”
The Fatal Five are the five main causes of serious injuries and deaths on the region’s roads.
  1. Inappropriate or excessive speed
  2. Not wearing a seat belt
  3. Driver distractions including using mobile devices such as phones, 'sat navs' and tablets
  4. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  5. Careless and inconsiderate driving

 

 

 

 

Dartmoor Speedwatch Group were involved in this operation.  Whilst it was meant to have taken place on Peek Hill the poor weather conditions prevented this.  It was therefore decided to move the operation to the Dartmoor Diner which is within the 40mph zone and leading onto Roborough Down.  Those drivers who were caught speeding but given words of advice were spoken to by either myself of one of the team.  It was a good day and produced some interesting results.

 

Number

Vehicle Type

XS Speed

Seat Belt

Mobile Phone

Lighting Offences

No MOT

Outcome

1

Car

 

 

X

 

 

Vehicle Ticket

2

Car

 

 

 

X

 

Words of Advice

3

Car

 

X

 

 

 

Vehicle Ticket

4

Car

46mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

5

Car

47mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

6

Car

 

X

 

 

 

Vehicle Ticket

7

Car

 

X

 

 

 

Vehicle Ticket

8

Car

53mph

 

 

 

 

Vehicle Ticket

9

Car

54mph

 

 

 

 

Vehicle Ticket

10

Car

50mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

11

Car

50mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

12

Car

49mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

13

Car

 

 

 

X

 

Vehicle Ticket

14

Car

47mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

15

Car

46mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

16

Car

47mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

17

Car

46mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

18

Car

44mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

19

Car

49mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

20

Car

50mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

21

Van

 

 

 

X

 

Words of Advice

22

Car

51mph

 

 

 

 

Vehicle Ticket

23

Car

47mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

24

Car

49mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

25

Car

47mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

26

Car

56mph

 

 

 

 

Vehicle Ticket

27

Car

 

X

 

 

 

Vehicle Ticket

28

Car

 

 

 

X

 

Vehicle Ticket

29

Car

49mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

30

Car

47mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

31

Car

47mph

 

 

 

 

Words of Advice

32

Car

53mph

 

 

 

 

Vehicle Ticket

33

Car

 

 

 

 

X

Vehicle Ticket

 

 

Summary:

 

Total Vehicles Stopped = 33

Total Vehicle Tickets issued = 13

-       Speeding = 5

-       Seatbelt = 4

-       Mobile Phone = 1

-       No MOT = 1

-       Lighting Offences = 2

Total Vehicles issued with Words of advice = 20

 

Restart of Speedwatch

July 2020
We will soon be back out on the road again.  We have two new spots out at Postbridge which were put in place just before lock down.  We only had chance to use it once so will be interesting to see how that works out.  New rota sent out so starting to put it all together.  I shall be updating this website before the start so we can start afresh. 
 
 
 
 

As the process is quite long I have been asked to explain it for all to see.  In the first instance the volunteer needs to contact me (Gregg Manning 01822 890072) or indeed any other volunteer already on the team.  Once done I will make contact with the new volunteer either by phone or email.

I will request some basic information such as

Full Name

Address

Tel No

Date of Birth

Email 

This information will then be submitted by me to the police who will then send out a form to the volunteer.  Once received the form should be completed and then it will need to be collected by either the PCSO or myself.  When we collect the form we shall need to verify your identity, this is done with passport or driving licence and a Utility bill not more than two months old. A passport style photograph is also taken for your name badge.   The form is then taken away to be processed by the police.  

Once the form has been submitted we shall need to organise training, this is usually done in groups of 4 - 8 and takes about 90 minutes.  During this training you will be shown how to use the radar gun and your responsibilities.  

Once trained a monitored session will be arranged out on the road with the current team and either the PCSO or the Speedwatch Co-ordinator.  By this stage it would be expected that your form will have been through the vetting process and your name badge will be available.  You are now eligible to volunteer for any vacancy on the Rota.

Here is an article that appeared in the Tavistock Times on the 9th March 2017 and shows some new volunteers on a monitored session on Pork Hill.

 

 

AN initiative to reduce the number of animals killed on Dartmoor roads has been launched this week, as the number of animals injured in road accidents last year were said to have nearly doubled from the year before.

New interactive traffic signs have been purchased and will be placed at several locations in Dartmoor National Park in an effort to reduce the numbers of animals killed each year due to speeding motorists.

The signs, which are being funded through a partnership between the Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society (DLPS), Dartmoor Forest Parish Council (DFPC) and the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA), warn motorists if they are exceeding the 40mph speed limit across Dartmoor.

The signs are moveable and will be positioned at known ‘hot spots’ where drivers speed and animals have been killed in an attempt to reduce the numbers of ponies, sheep and cattle killed or injured each year on Dartmoor’s roads.

Andrew Watson, head of access and recreation at DNPA, said: ‘We are introducing these new signs to remind motorists of the mandatory 40mph speed limit. We ask that all who use Dartmoor’s roads drive with “moor care”, taking into account the road and weather conditions and within the mandatory speed limit. Motorists should expect the unexpected and drive accordingly.’

Dartmoor Livestock Protection Officer Karla McKechnie recorded 188 traffic accidents involving animals during 2016 — nearly double the 2015 figure.

Of these 188 accidents, 160 resulted in the deaths of animals — 123 sheep, 32 ponies and five cows.

The Times reported last month the death of two ponies that were involved in a road accident, which brought the figure of fatal accidents so far in 2017 at the time to 10, including seven ponies and three sheep.

Karla said: ‘One hundred and sixty animals were killed and 28 seriously injured on the unfenced roads. The amount of animal suffering is enormous with 32 ponies, five cows and 123 sheep dying at the roadside from horrific injuries.

‘I am called to many of these incidents and see the horror first-hand. My priority at accidents is to put fatally injured animals out of their suffering. Then I have time to consider why the animals were hit and usually it is obvious from the appalling injuries and damage to the vehicle that speed played a big part.’

• Pictured left to right are Andrew Watson, DNPA head of recreation, access and estates, Karla McKenchnie, Dartmoor livestock protection officer and Cllr Gregg Manning, Dartmoor Forest Parish Council

Cllr Gregg Manning, of Dartmoor Forest Parish Council, said: ‘The moors are not just a means of getting from A to B but a working landscape where the animals have right of way.

‘I am very pleased that the DFPC has been able to assist in funding this equipment. It is hoped that these signs will help to remind drivers of the correct speed when on the moors.

‘This is a good example of what can be achieved through collaboration.’

Anyone who sees an animal injured or in distress, being worried or attacked by a dog or in need of help of any kind can contact Karla on 07873 587561.

Postbridge

Since we first started to hold sessions out at Postbridge we have had criticism concerning the fact that the road is fenced and when we first started it was all about animal safety.  This is true but my argument has always been the speed limit on that road is still 40 mph and we do not get the choice of which laws we are going to obey. 

However just to put your minds at rest I have included a couple of photos of a car that was badly damaged when it hit a cow.  I am not suggesting he was speeding, we have no evidence of that but he did hit a cow on a fenced road.  Now I think a walker had left a gate open but whatever the reason animals do get out onto the road from time to time.  Just something to think about.

                 

If I exceed the speed limit, does it mean I will kill an animal?  Well the simple answer to this is no but what it does mean is it will take you much longer to stop.  Imagine you come around a corner and there is a Pony or a Cow in front of you,  by the time you see it you are still 118 feet away from it and you brake hard.  If you are doing 40mph or less, you will stop with the animal looking at you through the windscreen.  If you are doing 50mph then you will hit the animal and carry on for another 57 feet and may well have the animal sat on your lap having come through the windscreen.  Your car will be written off and you may be seriously hurt.

 car on roof

 

We recently had a car doing 80mph, this car would have hit the animal and carried on for another 298 feet.  The car would be a write off and almost certainly the driver would be dead.  Is it really worth killing yourself for? Just take a few more minutes and slow down.  Never expect the animal to get out of your way, it may not.

 

Speed Reaction Distance Braking Distance
30 mph 44 feet 45 feet
40 mph 59 feet 80 feet
50 mph 73 feet 125 feet
60 mph 88 feet 180 feet
70 mph 103 feet 245 feet
80mph 117 feet 320 feet