Burnham-On-Sea police launched a major operation to crack down on speeding motorists along the town’s seafront on Thursday night (September 28th).
In an operation lasting the whole evening, eleven vehicles were taken off the road and five fixed penalty notices were issued along The Esplanade, as pictured.
Neighbourhood Beat Manager Martin Childs told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “It was an extremely productive evening, which we will be repeating on a regular basis.”
“Eleven prohibition orders were issued to the owners of cars and mopeds that were in such a state that they needed to be taken off the road.”
“Furthermore, five fixed penalty notices were issued – four for speeding – and a Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme warning was placed on one motorist. We also issued a warning under section 59 of the Police Reform Act for careless driving.”
He added that moped drivers had been particularly targeted. “Owners of mopeds who are 16-years-old must restrict their moped’s speed to a maximum of 30mph.”
“This is performed by modifying a cone in the exhaust, but many of the owners we stopped had actually not made the change and therefore are able to drive faster than the law requires.”
“This makes the mopeds unlicensed and invalidates their insurance, so this is an extremely serious offence that is putting drivers and pedestrians at risk.”
Police are planning further crack downs on speeding motorists in the town in coming weeks to keep up the pressure.
“It should be comforting for Burnham residents and others who use the seafront that we are insisting on good driving standards,” said Mr Childs.