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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 33

Cars Monitored 2300

Cars Speeding 356

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

 

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