July 10, 2008
police issue 100 fixed penalty notices in driving crackdown
police have issued over 25 warnings, 100 fixed penalty notices
and seized at least two vehicles in an operation to crackdown
on anti-social driving in the town so far this year.
was first to report last
month how a speeding crackdown had been launched on the town's
seafront (as pictured above) and this has been stepped up with
the launch of 'Operation Go Slow'.
are working together with partner agencies and community groups
to find a long-term solution to anti-social driving in the town.
It follows a Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting
when residents prioritised anti-social driving as one of the main
policing issues affecting Burnham, particularly the South Esplanade.
meeting was held last week between local police, Somerset County
Council Highways, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, Sedgemoor
District Council and Burnham Holiday Village to look at a long-term
solution to the problem.
Sgt Ian Kennett told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Anti-social driving
has been an issue affecting the town for many years. The police
are now working together with partner agencies and community groups
to tackle the problem long term."
Go Slow will now be stepping up a gear and the message to careless
drivers is clear Burnham is not a race track and anyone
driving in an antisocial manner will face serious risk of prosecution."
is an issue which affects many residents and visitors to the town
and we are determined to seek a long term solution."
police do already have an effective tool for dealing with motorists
who drive in an antisocial manner. Under Section 59 of the Police
Reform Act 2002 anyone driving without the expected care and attention
will receive a warning notice which applies to both the driver
and the vehicle and lasts for 12 months. If in this time a second
incident occurs involving the driver or the vehicle
police will seize the vehicle and may prosecute the driver.