police inspector addresses speeding concerns
police inspector Roger Tolley has this week moved to address concerns
about speed signs and enforcement in the town.
comes after one irate motorist erected his own speed signs along
Burnham's Love Lane, as we reported here,
after being caught speeding.
Tolley, right, said: "There has been some concern voiced
recently in the community and I am keen to clarify certain misconceptions
amongst some drivers in respect of the signage provided on Restricted
the UK Highway Code, a built-up area is a settled area in which
the speed limit of a road is automatically 30mph (48 km/h). These
roads are known as 'restricted roads' and are identified by the
presence of street lights. There are some complicated details
of what street lights are and how far apart they can be, however,
the conclusion is that it should be assumed that, unless an order
has been made and the road is signed to the contrary, a 30 mph
speed limit applies where there are three or more lamps throwing
light on the carriageway and placed not more than 183 metres apart."
added: "In respect of the use of repeater signs to remind
drivers that a built up area has a speed limit of 30mph, direction
11 of The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002
(TSRGD 2002) defines the requirements for the placing of speed-limit
repeater signs. This states that speed-limit repeater signs cannot
be placed along a road on which there is carriageway lighting
not more than 183 metres apart and which is subject to a 30 mph
speed limit. The Department will not make exceptions to this rule."
is and always has been a perennial problem for communities across
the country. Enforcement is now provided by this Constabulary
as opposed to the Safety Camera Partnership who were responsible
until recently. The Constabulary secures details of potential
problematic sites for detection work from a range of sources rather
than simply collision data as it has been in the past. These sources
include speed data (rubber tubes across the road), District and
County Council data, Community Speed Watch groups, and from local
policing priorities where members of the public have highlighted
speed as a local issue, as well as collision data. The deployment
of camera enforcement teams will only be conducted where they
can park legally and where the relevant signage to identify a
'restricted road' is correct."
policy on prosecution is as follows - prosecutions start where
the speed of the motorists is recorded as exceeding the limit
+ 10% + 2mph. Therefore on a restricted road if you travel at
35 mph (30mph + 3 (10% of the limit to account for defects in
the speedometer) + 2 mph = 35) you can expect to receive a notice
of intended prosecution. If you are recorded as travelling between
35 mph and 42 mph, you will be offered the option of attending
an educational event that will help you appreciate the dangers
of speeding. Attending this event will cost you the same as a
fine but you avoid receiving points (endorsement) on your license.
If you choose not to attend, you can pay the fixed penalty charge
and the requisite number of points will be endorsed on your license.
Travelling between 43 and 49 mph, there is no choice and you will
receive a fixed penalty notice. Over 50 mph on a 30 mph restricted
road, will result in being summonsed to court."
responsibility is upon the driver to know the speed limits of
the road on which they are travelling. Repeater signs are not
allowed. Every driver signs a declaration when getting their driving
license, stating they will keep up with changes in the law. If
you get caught, however vehemently you protest that this was the
first time you exceeded the limit, have had an exemplary driving
record for years or the real offenders never get caught, it is
because you have become part of the problem, you were speeding
at that time and location and were putting others at unnecessary
risk. Many of the community will have asked that speeders at that
site be given tickets when they offend in order to help reduce
speed in that area."
you perceive speeding as a problem in your area and you would
like to become part of a volunteer community speed watch group,
please contact your local beat manager, who will help you in helping
us to keep our roads safe."
information is available in the Highway Code and from the Department