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

 

From session number 9  which took place on 23/02/2018

So how are we doing -  Well today we were out at Peek Hill but this time in the lay-by nearer to the village.  We were monitoring traffic coming from the village.  As it is not our usual spot it seemed to catch a few people out.  Today's highest speed was 56mph which is far too fast and highlights exactly why Speedwatch is needed.  The lesson to all motorists is that you never know where we are going to be.

 

Speewatch Results for 2018 are listed below

Number of sessions for 2018

Total number of sessions 9

Cars Monitored 637

Cars Speeding 104

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

 

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