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

 

Our Daily Blog 

From our session number 38 which took place today 18/07/2018

So today we were out at Bennetts Cross at 07.30, nice and early to catch the early morning traffic.  It was a lot quieter than I expected with only 33 cars passing us during our 90 minute session.  Even so 9 of these cars were driving well in excess of the limit with the fastest being 57 mph.  At least two thirds of these cars were being driven by women, not sure if there is a trend there, we will have to look at this in future.  Six out of the nine were also all driving in excess of 50mph which is not good.  Today there were a lot of sheep milling around and quite a number of them on the fenced part of the roads near Postbridge.  Anyone who seriously believes that the Postbridge Road should be 60 needed to have been out with us this morning.  Fence or no fence the animals were out and freely running down the road.

From our session number 37 which took place today 13/07/2018

Today was a very quiet session out on the Peek Hill side of the village.  We were monitoring the traffic coming from Princetown heading towards Dousland.  We were passed by 103 vehicles but only 4 of these were speeding.  Despite one of those being a motorbike which was travelling at 59 mph this was still the best session we have ever had.

From our session number 36 which took place today 10/07/2018

Well today we were out at Postbridge which is notorious for speeding vehicles.  Today was no different as out of just 63 vehicles 21 were exceeding the speed limit, some by quite a lot.  So 33% of the vehicles we tracked were speeding this is not good at all.  The fastest of these was 56 mph but what was frightening about this was he was still accelerating as he went by us meaning he either did not care or he failed to see the large blue sign and three people in Hi-Vis clothing which is just downright scary.  We also saw a vehicle towing a very large trailer which was laden and he was also speeding, I wonder how much more road he will need if he has to break suddenly.  

From our session number 35 which took place today 06/07/2018

This session which took place on Peek Hill monitored 98 cars and 12  were speeding.  It was an afternoon session and the weather was glorious.  The Ponies, sheep and cows were all out and milling around the side of the roads, constantly crossing from one side to the other.  The large car park near us was more than half full and parents and children and dogs were all out enjoying Dartmoor at its best.  Despite this an idiot on a motorbike decided to use that part of the road as a race track.  He went past us at 68 mph and was still accelerating.  This man put everyone one at risk that day.  I doubt he will be reading this but my message to him would be when you either kill yourself or seriously injure yourself, if you are lucky then can you please do it on an open stretch of road with no animals or people about.  I do not wish you any harm but I think other people need protection from you.  Other that this the highest car speed was 60 mph which is still far too fast with such a busy road.

From our session number 34 which took place today 29/06/2018

This session which took place on Peek Hill monitored 101 cars and 10 (10%) were speeding.  The top speed tracked was 60mph which we all know is far too fast.  As this session was from 07.30 to 09.00 this driver was almost certainly on his way to work.  My advice to him would be to get up five minutes earlier in the morning because that is more than enough time to make up for driving at 40mph.  

From our session number 33 which took place today 18/06/2018

We were today out on the Postbridge road  where during our session we tracked 115 cars.  A shocking 20% of these were speeding with the highest travelling at 71mph.  A further three vehicles were travelling well into the 60's which is far too fast.

 

From Session 29 which took place today on the 06/06/2018

This morning we were out on Peek Hill looking back at the traffic leaving the village of Princetown.  There were a lot of animals milling around and at one stage a herd of ponies all over the road.  Most drivers were very good  and keeping to the speed limit but a small minority were not.  Out of 96 vehicles 9 were speeding so just under 10%.  One car driver even gave us two fingers which indicates he does not like rules and regulations and clearly believes he is above that sort of thing.  Overall it was a good session with the highest speed recorded being 54mph.  

From Session 28 which took place today on the 01/06/2018

Today was a good day, it was quiet but this might have been partly due to it still being half term.  During our 90 minute session we were only passed by 24 cars out of which 6 were speeding.  Now this is 25% but the speeds were lower than usual.  It was interesting because on the drive out to our spot I passed two separate groups of sheep milling around on the side of the road, clearly the walls did not keep these animals inside.  Our top speed today was achieved by a Honda driven by a woman at 53 mph who did not alter her speed at all and I feel pretty sure failed to even notice we were there.  

From Session 27 which took place today on the 24/05/2018

Another disappointing day where the road users have no regard to the speed limit.  This morning, early just after 07.30 we were out at Postbridge.  This is a controversial stretch of road where many feel as its fenced the 40mph should be lifted.  Its true that the animals are not on the road all the time however they do get out sometimes.  Whether or not the limit should be relaxed is a conversation for others to take on.  The simple fact is that as it stands that stretch of road is limited to 40mph and those exceeding that will be contacted by the police.  So why the disappointment today, well simple really out of 39 cars that we monitored 19 were speeding.  The slowest was doing 47 and the fastest 63 mph. A massive 16 were doing 50 or over, with three into the 60's.  You all know who you are and should be ashamed of yourselves.

From Session 26 which took place today on the 21/05/2018

On Monday we had a session out on Pork Hill.  Weather was very good and the animals were enjoying the sunshine.  We had a busy session with 146 cars passing us.  Only four vehicles and one motorbike were detected speeding which was really great.  The fastest was travelling at 52mph so for once the majority seemed to be driving carefully and within the speed limit.  I just wish it could be like this every time.

From Session 25 which took place today on the 18/05/2018

We were out this morning on Peek Hill but this time in the small layby nearer the village.  The weather was lovely with no breeze and the day was just beginning to warm up.  Our session started at 07.50 and lasted the usual 90 minutes during which time we saw 89 cars coming from the Village.  Although we managed to spot 13 cars speeding there was no one driving excessively fast.  All the same we still had 2 cars at 53 mph which is still too fast.  There were a lot of animals around so perhaps this helped.  

From Session 24 which took place today on the 15/05/2018

Today we were out at Peek Hill watching cars travelling from Dousland towards Princetown.  In the 80 minute session we had 12 speeding cars with more than half of these in the high 50's.  It was a wonderful sunny day and the animals were all over the road and verges.  Clearly these very bad drivers, let's be clear about this, to drive faster than the road conditions allow is nothing more than bad driving.  These drivers all know who they are so I challenge any one of them to get in touch and explain to me why (a) The law does not apply to them and (b) what it is they have fitted that will allow them to stop in a much shorter distance than anyone else.  Top spot today goes to a driver of a blue Skoda Octavia who we registered at 61 mph, as always details passed to the police.  Today I am especially angry because I have just been given the figures showing animal deaths and its depressing reading but can be found on the section for Animal deaths 2018.

 

From Session 23 which took place today on the 09/05/2018

We were out at our favourite spot near Bennetts Cross.  As always although the sun was shining it was still very blustery and a bit cold.  We were there over lunchtime from 11.25 until 13.00 but surprisingly it was relatively quiet.  We monitored just 55 cars during our 90 minutes and I am pleased to say only 8 were speeding.  The top speed was 55 mph by a driver of a Jaguar saloon.  The reason this was of note was the fact that he seemed to accelerate towards and past us without slowing down at all.  Only two options, one he failed to see three people all in Hi-Vis which is scary or he did not care which is also scary.  Total disregard for anyone but himself.  His details have of course been passed into the police.

 

From session 22 which took place today on the 04/05/2018

Well today we were out on the Postbridge road between Postbridge and Two Bridges.  We were there for 90 minutes and were joined by the Police.  During our session we tracked 82 cars and one motorbike and twenty of these were speeding.  The highest recorded was the motorbike which was travelling at 65mph.  Six vehicles were pulled over with five being issued with tickets for speeding.  For them it will be an expensive mistake.  A word of warning by the time you see those bright Hi-Vis jackets we have already recorded your speed.  So next time you see us out on the moors think to yourself is it those speedwatch guys again or is it the police.

 

From session number 21  which took place on 23/04/2018

So how are we doing -  Well today we were up at Bennetts Cross.  Good visibility but with a cold wind blowing.  Looking away from the direction of Princetown we could see several sheep some of which were constantly crossing back and forth across the road.  I think this may have helped to slow the traffic down as we know this is a very fast stretch off road.  We tracked 77 cars and 9 were speeding with the top speed recorded being 58mph which considering it should be 40 is still pretty fast.  

From session number 20 which took place on 20/04/2018


So how are we doing - Oh my god, what a disappointing day, in fact certainly the worst day this year, we have to go back a long way to find a day as bad as this. We are out there with large blue signs and Hi-vis jackets and still people do not see us. If they cannot see us what are they looking at and how much attention to other road users are they giving.

This morning we were out at Postbridge, the weather was very good with good visibility. We tracked 50 cars and 26 of these, more than half, were speeding. The highest speed recorded during our 90 minute session today was 73 mph. If this had been a police speed check that driver would be facing court and almost certainly a ban. Even if you are not going to consider the danger to animals and other road users is it worth losing your licence.

Fact, today eighteen of these were going over 50mph which is appalling. The speed limit is 40mph and it is obligatory, not a matter of choice we all have to obey the law.

 

From session number 19 which took place on 16/04/2018

So how are we doing - Well today we were out at Peek Hill the weather was good for a change although still a little cold. Today we tracked 77 cars and 9 of these were speeding. The highest speed recorded during our 90 minute session today was 52 mph. Clearly this is still too fast but a lot less than we sometimes see. In fact today only two were going over 50mph which is a step in the right direction. Perhaps the recent photo that has been appearing in both the paper and social media of the dead pony over near Merrivale has struck home.

For anyone who has not heard it is alleged that a person driving back from Tavistock hit a pony, I believe on Sunday 11th and killed it. The driver who was seen by others then left the scene but was located shortly afterwards and arrested for suspected drink driving. We do not know if speed was a contributing factor but drinking and then driving will always be a recipe for disaster. My sympathy goes out to the poor pony whilst my contempt goes to the driver. I have to say if it is proved that he was drinking and driving then I hope they throw the book at him as there can be no excuse.

 

From session number 18 which took place on 12/04/2018


Well today we were out at Pork Hill the weather was good for a change. Today we tracked 121 cars and 9 of these were speeding. The highest speed recorded during our 90 minute session today was 66 mph. Clearly this is far too fast but what made it even worse was the fact that the car was overtaking a car who was already just over the limit. This means that he was not being held up by a slow driver but by one obeying the limit. The next fastest was 61mph so as you can see not a lot of regard for the animals out there today.

 

From session number 17 which took place on 20/02/2018

Operation Cloud - Speed and Vehicle Check

Yesterday Dartmoor Forest Speedwatch Group were involved in this operation which was run by the police. 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.

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 (This involved cars travelling below 50mph)

 

From session number 16 which took place on 02/02/2018

So we did a session out at Bennetts Cross this morning. It was disappointing to see that out of 49 cars 19 of them were speeding with the highest being 57mph. Clearly that was bad enough but we also witnessed a vehicle speeding towards a number of sheep who were on the road. We expected the driver to slow down but he made no attempt to do so, he just drove at the sheep expecting them to move. Thankfully those sheep did move in the right direction otherwise we would have witnessed a really bad event. I refuse to call it an accident as it would not have been so. Please people keep your speed down for the safety of the animals and for your own safety.

Speewatch Results for 2018 are listed below

Number of sessions for 2018

Total number of sessions 35

Cars Monitored 2499

Cars Speeding 378

Date Time Location No of Vehicles Speeding Vehicles % Speeding Top Speed Average Speed
 18/01/2018  10.30 - 12.00  Postbridge  35  11  31.42%  54  49.72
 26/01/2018  08.15 - 09.45  Pork Hill  93  10  9.3%  50  47.00
 31/12/2018  12.00 - 13.00  Postbridge  30  10  33.33%  63  54.3
02/02/2018 09.00 - 10.30 Bennetts Cross 49 18 36.73% 57 49.5
06/02/2018 11.30 - 13.00 Peek Hill JG22A 95 6 6.31% 50 47.66
12/02/2018 08.15 - 09.45 Peek Hill JG21B 85 10 11.76% 52 49.10
15/02/2018 09.45 - 11.15 Pork Hill JG22A 118 7 5.93% 56 49.28
20/02/2018 11.40 - 13.10 Bennetts Cross 56 16 28.57% 69 50.25
23/02/2018 09.00 - 10.30 Peek Hill JG21A 76 16 21.05% 56 49.93
27/02/2018 12.00 - 13.30 Postbridge JG23B 56 15 26.78% 59 51.06
07/03/2018 11.20 - 11.50 Peek Hill JG21B 86 9 10.46% 52 47.33
15/03/2018 07.50 - 09.20 Peek Hill JG21B 110 18 16.36% 62 50.00
21/03/2018 10.50 - 12.20 Bennetts Cross JG24 52 7 13.46% 63 50.42
27/03/2018 15.00 - 16.30 Peek Hill JG21A 164 10 6.09% 58 49.20
04/04/2018 12.00 - 13.05 Postbridge JG23B 51 11 21.56% 58 49.18
06/04/2018 09.00 - 10.30 Bennetts Cross JG24 34 5 14.7% 51 48.80
09/04/2018 14.50 - 16.20 Peek Hill JG21B 86 8 9.30% 60 51.00
12/04/2018 10.30 - 12.00

Pork Hill JG22A

121 9 7.43% 66 51.44
16/04/2018 08.20 - 09.50

Peek Hill JG21A

77 9 11.68% 52 47.44
20/04/2018 08.20 - 09.50

Postbridge JG23B

50 26 52% 73 53.34
23/04/2018 11.20 - 12.50

Bennetts Cross JG24

77 9 15.51% 58 49.77
04/05/2018 14.50 - 16.20

Postbridge JG23B

83 20 24.09% 65 51.40
09/05/2018 11.25 - 12.55

Bennetts Cross JG24

55 8 14.54% 55 48.75
15/05/2018 10.55 - 12.15

Peek Hill JG21B

113 12 10.61% 61 52.41
18/05/2018 07.50 - 09.20

Peek Hill JG21A

89 13 15.7% 53 48.84
21/05/2018 11.50 - 13.20

Pork Hill JG22A

146 4 2.73% 52 47.50
24/05/2018 07.35 - 09.05

Postbridge JG23B

39 19 48.71% 63 53.78
01/06/2018 07.50 - 09.20

Postbridge JG23B

24 6 25% 53 50.83
06/06/2018 07.50 - 09.20

Peek Hill JG21A

96 9 9.37% 54 44.11
12/06/2018 12.00 - 13.30

Bennetts Cross JG24

52 6 11.53% 55 48.16
15/06/2018 08.00 - 09.30

Pork Hill JG22A

107 11 10.28% 51 48.09
18/06/2018 13.35 - 15.05

Postbridge JG23B

115 23 20% 71 51.43
29/06/2018 07.30 - 09.00

Peek Hill JG21B

101 10 10% 61  51.80
06/07/2018 14.00 - 15.30

Peek Hill JG21B

98 12 12.24% 68  50.08
10/07/2018 08.45 - 10.15

Postbridge

63 21 33.3% 56  48.71
13/07/2018 11.15 - 12.45

Peek Hill JG21A

103 4 3.88% 59 49.75
18/07/2018 07.30 - 09.00

Bennetts Cross JG24

33 9 27.27% 57 51.00

 

These are the results from the sessions held during 2017

The results from our sessions have been published below.  This shows both the need for Speedwatch and how much hard work is needed to reduce these figures.

Total Cars Monitored are 9542

Total Speeding are 1230

Sessions held so far 100

Date Time Location No of Vehicles Speeding Vehicles % Speeding Top Speed Average Speed
09/07/16 2 - 4pm Peak Hill 181 1   56 56
12/07/16 10 - 12am Peak Hill 141 18 12.76 55 49.8
14/07/16 10 - 12am Tavistock Road 79 0   0 0
20/07/16 10 - 12am Peak Hill 124 19 15.32 65 50.3
22/07/16 08.45 - 10.15 Peak Hill 90 14 15.55 57 50
03/08/16 11.50 - 13.10 Peak Hill 106 14 13.20 57 50.7
08/08/16 13.45 - 15.15 Peak Hill 172 19 11.04 71 49.44
11/08/16 10.20 - 11.50 Peak Hill 159 15 9.43 58 49.13
15/08/16 15.20 - 17.00 Peak Hill 194 15 7.73 69 52.26
19/08/16 08.10 - 09.00 Peak Hill 79 21 26.58 58 51.23
24/08/16 09.20 - 11.00 Peak Hill 179 17 9.49 55 49.70
30/08/16 16.20 - 18.00 Peak Hill 152 36 23.68 66 51.19
13/09/2016 13.45 - 15.30 Peak Hill 146 10 6.84 53 49.6
16/09/2016 08.45 - 10.20 Peak Hill 117 16 13.67 63 50.0
22/09/2016 10.15 - 12.00 Peak Hill 137 18 13.13 58 49.38
04/10/2016 08.35 - 10.05 Peak Hill 109 16 14.67 55 49.31
12/10/2016 13.00 - 14.30 Peak Hill 126 18 14.28 54 48.72
20/10/2016 09.45 - 11.30 Peak Hill 102 8 7.84 55 49.50
31/10/2016 14.00 - 15.30 Peak Hill 106 15 14.15 57 48.53
09/11/2016 15.00 - 14.15 Peak Hill 76 17 22.36 63 54.47
24/11/2016 09.50 - 11.45 Postbridge 55 8 14.54 51 48.37
30/11/2016 11.45 - 13.15 Postbridge 66 30 45.45 65 54.70
05/12/2016 13.20 - 15.00 Postbridge 56 21 37.50 65 56.28
19/12/2016 08.00 - 09.40 Postbridge 36 21 58.33 68 55.42
04/01/2017 10.30 - 12.00 Peak Hill 79 9 11.39 69 51.66
05/01/2016 10.30 - 12.00 Peak Hill 103 12 11.65 51 48.91
10/01/2017 13.45 - 15.00 Postbridge 33 12 36.36 60 52.16
19/01/2017 09.00 - 10.30 Postbridge 52 17 32.69 63 51.88
23/01/2017 10.45 - 12.15 Pork Hill 149 21 14.09 63 50.28
27/01/2017 13.30 - 15.00 Pork Hill 138 3 2.17 50 47.66
06/02/2017 08.00 - 09.30 Peak Hill 79 21 26.58 56 49.80
09/02/2017 12.00 - 13.30 Postbridge 68 22 32.35 80 52.90
17/02/2017 10.45 - 12.15 Peak Hill 111 10 9.00 55 50.00
21/02/2017 13.40 - 15.00 Peak Hill 107 12 11.21 55 48.41
24/02/2017 14.00 - 15.30 Pork Hill 119 5 4.20 48 46.6
06/03/2017  15.00 - 16.00 Peak Hill  73 8 10.95 63 51.37
09/03/2017 12.00 - 13.30 Postbridge 63 16 25.39 61 50.25
13/03/2017 08.50 - 10.30 Pork Hill 130 14 10.76 59 46.03
17/03/2017 11.45 - 13.00 Postbridge 52 17 32.69 61 49.76
22/03/2017 13.00 - 14.00 Peak Hill 90 11 12.22 54 49.45
11/4/2017 15.30 - 17.00 Pork Hill 164 6 3.65 52 48.00
14/04/2017 09.30 - 11.00 Peak Hill 140 25 17.85 65 50.84
21/04/2017 13.45 - 15.15 Pork Hill 144 7 4.86 57 50.85
25/04/2017 10.00 - 11.30 Peak Hill 91 11 12.08 51 47.36
28/04/2017 15.00 - 17.30 Postbridge 127 20 15.74 58 51.05
02/05/2017 10.00 - 11.30 Peak Hill 100 9 9.00 55 48.22
05/05/2017 16.00 - 17.30 Postbridge 87 29 33.33 64 51.82
08/05/2017 10.30 - 12.15 Pork Hill 136 5 3.76 52 48.00
19/05/2017 07.45 - 09.15 Peak Hill 92 7 7.60 53 48.57
23/05/2017 12.00 - 13.30 Postbridge 67 12 17.91 74 51.00
24/05/2017 14.15 - 15.45 Tavistock Road 103 2 1.94 39* (30 limit) 37.00
26/05/2017 08.00 - 09.30 Pork Hill 102 30 29.41 56 49.7
31/05/2017 16.30 - 18.00 Peak Hill 115 11 9.56 55 48.72
02/06/2017 12.00 - 13.30 Bennetts Cross 72 9 12.50 56 49.66
06/06/2017 08.00 - 09.00 Postbridge 35 13 37.14 58 51.76
12/06/2017 11.40 - 13.20 Postbridge 62 12 19.35 64 55.08
14/06/2017 10.45 - 12.15 Pork Hill 135 4 2.96 50 47.50
20/06/2017 08.30 - 10.00 Bennetts Cross 57 7 12.28 60 52.00
23/06/2017 08.00 - 09.30 Peak Hill 99 4 4.04 56 54.5
27/06/2017 16.30 - 18.00 Postbridge 59 19 32.20 60 50.57
03/07/2017 16.15 - 17.45 Peak Hill 125 8 6.40 54 47.87
06/07/2017 08.50 - 10.20 Postbridge 68 19 27.94 63 52.15
14/07/2017 16.00 - 17.30 Peak Hill 129 10 7.75 54 49.20
19/07/2017 08.30 - 10.00 Pork Hill 99 1 1.00 46 46.00
22/07/2017 10.20 - 11.50 Postbridge 76 19 25.00 68 47.84
01/08/2017 08.15 - 09.45 Bennetts Cross 44 16 27.50 57 48.68
04/08/2017 07.50 - 09.25 Pork Hill 103 9 8.73 53 49.11
07/08/2017 11.40 - 13.10 Postbridge 83 8 9.63 70 51.87
11/08/2017 09.15 - 10.00 Peak Hill 38 4 10.52 56 50.50
15/08/2017 15.00 - 16.30 Bennetts Cross 93 10 10.75 55 44.74
17/08/2017 13.00 - 14.30 Pork Hill 172 3 1.74 60 51.66
21/08/2017 07.15 - 08.45 Peak Hill 119 4 3.36 49 47.25
23/08/2017 12.45 - 13.15 Postbridge 110 28 25.45 67 47.21
26/08/2017 11.00 - 12.30 Peak Hill 199 6 3.0 51 47.66
01/09/2017 13.00 - 14.30 Bennetts Cross 105 4 3.80 56 50.75
07/09/2017 11.30 - 13.00 Peek Hill 104 5 4.80 62 51.60
12/09/2017 09.00 - 10.30 Peek Hill 155 6 3.87 52 50.50
15/09/2017 15.55 - 16.35 Pork Hill 50 8 6.25 50 47.37
19/09/2017 12.00 - 13.30 Bennetts Cross 76 4 5.26 52 50.50
27/09/2017 10.20 - 11.55 Peek Hill 86 15 17.00 53 49.06
29/09/2017 16.50 - 18.20 Postbridge 61 24 39.34 86 53.08
04/10/2017 09.50 - 11.10 Peek Hill 95 4 4.21 57 50.75
06/10/2017 14.50 - 16.30 Pork Hill 136 8 5.88 56 49.87
09/10/2017 08.40 - 10.10 Postbridge 46 12 27.9 62 51.66
12/10/2017 11.20 - 12.55 Bennetts Cross 81 12 14.8 54 50.00
17/10/2017 09.20 - 10.50 Postbridge JG23A 46 6 13.04 49 47.33
20/10/2017 09.55 - 11.25 JG21A 77 7 9.09 51 48.14
27/10/2010 15.00 - 16.30 JG21B 127 12 9.44 57 48.66
01/11/2017 08.20 - 10.10 JG24 28 9 32.14 62 52.22
03/11/2017 15.15 - 16.30 JG22A 94 4 4.25 51 49.75
09/11/2017 09.00 - 09.40 JG21B 29 7 24.13 57 50.42
13/11/2017 10.00 - 11.30 JG24 51 7 13.72 60 50.85
17/11/2017 08.30 - 10.00 JG21A 77 15 19.48 60 50.33
21/11/2017 12.00 - 13.30 JG23B 63 14 22.22 62 49.78
24/11/2017 14.50 - 16.20 JG22A 106 8 7.54 51 47.87
27/11/2017 13.45 - 15.15 JG24 24 8 33.33 54 49.00
01/12/2017 08.55 - 10.30 JG21A 75 8 10.66 57 49.87
04/12/2017 08.50 - 10.25 JG23B 38 15 39.47 68 53.00
15/12/2017 09.00 - 10.30 JG21B 74 8 10.81 51 48.00
20/12/2017 11.35 - 13.15 JG23B 54 21 38.88 63 52.00

 

 

 

 

 

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