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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 02:05 
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Resident-led campaign to crack down on speeding motorists
First published Tuesday 13 January 2015 in News
Last updated 10:23 Tuesday 13 January 2015 Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by Beth Cherryman, Senior Reporter

A resident-led crackdown on speeding motorists in the Cassiobury area has caught out drivers travelling almost 20mph over the limit.

Peter Jenkins, who heads up Watford’s Drive Safe team, said the volunteers' speed board catches up to 14 speeding motorists every hour around the Cassiobury Estate and the Cassiobury Triangle area.

He said: "We monitor traffic about eight times in a month and find that in one hour up to 14 vehicles significantly exceed the speed limit.
"The highest speed we have recorded is 49mph, but of course we know that when we are not there both numbers are greater.
"In a residential area this is frightening and unsafe for our families, especially children. We will do more of this until we get the message across."

Drive Safe speed monitoring programme aims to educate and encourage drivers to slow down to within the 30mph limit.

The Hertfordshire-wide scheme, which is promoted by David Lloyd, the police and crime commissioner, enables communities to assist the constabulary by monitoring the speed of traffic in their area.

So far there are 31 groups in Hertfordshire with two in Watford.

Teams of two to three, led by a police trained lead volunteer, monitor the speed of traffic on authorised local roads and note when cars are exceeding the limit.

Those drivers then get warning letters from the police and if they speed on more than one occasion will be subjected to additional speed monitoring and an educational visit.

Mr Jenkins, who lives on Cassiobury Drive, continued: "A significant minority of drivers break the law every day driving dangerously along Cassiobury Drive and other roads in the area.
"Not only do they break the law that requires them to drive at 30mph or less, they also endanger other people, themselves and especially children. It is high time that the message gets across that this behaviour is unacceptable."

Anyone interested in helping the Drive Safe team on the Cassiobury Estate should contact petergjenkins@hotmail.co.uk or Karen England, who leads the Park Triangle team, at karenaengland@gmail.com.
Is is sad that this misguided ill conceived, concept is still being encouraged!
Slow is not necessarily safer! Driving to the conditions (COAST etc) is crucial to ensure road safety.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 23:41 
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Reminds me of local campaigns by some local residents round here. One lot were mothers walking kids to/from school in a :20: ,the other lot were residents who chose to park their cars on the road ( :30:), instead of off road parking at their homes, reducing the effective width. I did a post on both. In the :20: , police did spot checks and found that of somewhere like 400 vehicles checked, only one was marginally over. In my experience, some police action to educate the ranting mothers on road safety and the dangers of kids ( especially the younger ones) would have a more effective use of police time. In the :30: no excess speed was noted. In my experience, with the width of the road restricted, it's not safely possible to do much ore than 20 due to the idiotic parking by residents in this area. I'd suggest that a good dollop of yellow lines and enforcement would cure the problem caused by residents.
But ,to my mind, the biggest problem is caused by the speed enforcement freaks acting like legal accident chasers.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 22:03 
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"...Those drivers then get warning letters from the police and if they speed on more than one occasion will be subjected to additional speed monitoring and an educational visit.

how does that happen then?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 23:53 
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Interesting post on PH today .http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topi ... er+data%3F
The vehicle reported to the firm was an experimental car with various speed sensors, and a GPS RECORDED LOG ,which record the vehicle maximum speed as 28 MPH. Yet " one of our cars has been recorded by a civilian volunteer speed awareness group exceeding the posted speed limit, specifically 39mph in a 30mph zone" letter was received.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 18:37 
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probably some old dodderer holding the speed gun with their hand shaking so much that a brick wall would register 20MPH.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 01:18 
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Tut, Tut, grabs, don't you know the motorist IS ALWAYS wrong, till proved otherwise. That's the SCP first rule. :shock: :wink:

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