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Police target speeding to help improve road safety in Frome

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

  • ‘SLOW DOWN’: Community Speedwatch coordinator for Mendip Ashley Reay

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"We are determined to tackle speeding in our town and surrounding area."

That was the message from Frome's neighbourhood sergeant Sarah Dinnis after new speeding offences figures were released.

The figures, which had been collated by the police safety camera van, which is regularly situated at locations in and around the town, show that between mid-May and mid-October 756 motorists were reported for speeding offences in Frome.

Ashley Reay, Community Speedwatch coordinator for Frome and Mendip, said the latest figures made grim reading.

Mr Reay said: "These horrendous figures show the extent that motorists are still disregarding speed limits in the town.

"If we add in the presence of the Speedwatch teams then it shows that there is still a long way to go to get motorists to slow down.

"I estimate that £50,000 in fines would have been levied at these offending motorists.

"No one wishes to take away anyone's driving experience or pleasure in driving their vehicle, but traffic enforcement will not go away and the police and safety camera team are in Frome for a reason.

"That reason is to stop deaths and accidents by getting motorists to slow down."

Sgt Dinnis said: "We want people to feel safe and to be safe when travelling in and around Frome.

"These figures show the importance of the work that has been undertaken since May when new measures were brought in.

"Residents have identified the work to reduce speeding in the town as one of their policing priorities and as a result the police, council and Community Speedwatch volunteers have joined forces to identify suitable locations to introduce a mobile safety camera, including creating a hard standing area in one of the locations.

"The camera was introduced in May and, alongside checks carried out by traffic officers and our Community Speedwatch volunteers, this has led to a number of penalty notices being issued.

"I believe that this activity carried out by the various groups involved as well as awareness raising at events and on dedicated days of action will help reduce speeding in the area.

"I would urge motorists to ensure they always drive responsibly and within the marked speed limits to ensure their own safety and the safety of other road users."

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  • aurea_flamma  |  November 14 2012, 8:12PM

    Surely - Any road safety policy which is based on the principle of vehicles hitting people has to be fundamentally flawed from the outset?!

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  • Dashers  |  November 12 2012, 1:06PM

    Rar! Speeders! Rar! Any chance of a copy of the report being linked or published? How many deaths and serious injuries occurred as a result of a speeding vehicle along this road during the same period? This "news" article appears to be nothing more than locals with nothing better to do - it may not be, but the article does them no favours.

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  • bath1946  |  November 11 2012, 5:47PM

    Yet in Bath we are told that the police will not be enforcing the new 20mph limits. Why are the residents of Frome receiving preferential treatment ?

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  • jezer  |  November 11 2012, 5:15PM

    Well, the last time I checked, speeding was still a criminal offence, albeit one that is routinely ignored and not very often enforced. If this signals the start of proper action against these lawbreakers then I am all for it.

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  • Lupus  |  November 11 2012, 2:01PM

    Why is it that the very same contributors who hyperventilate when they see a cyclist on a pavement regularly defend motorists breaking the law in these forums?

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  • mcupis  |  November 11 2012, 10:22AM

    "756 motorists reported for speeding." "Grim reading". "Horrendous figures". "That reason is to stop death and accidents by getting motorists to slow down." If these figures are so "horrendous" and these speeding motorists are, as are told, causing "death and accidents", can we be told how many "deaths and accidents" they caused in the course of this "horrendous" driving? Or are we being lied to? Again?

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  • capndave  |  November 11 2012, 8:47AM

    Which one is sergeant Sarah? If she looks like either of those I'd be well breaking the speed limit to get away.

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  • Sedgepeat  |  November 10 2012, 4:43PM

    What nonsense. This police seargeant is probably not a driving expert for starters. She will certainly have no knowledge of how the limit was set, who set it or if it is even appropriate? In other words she is prosecuting drivers with no clear idea why. To talk of safety to 'Be safe' 'Feel safe' shows that she has no idea that most accidents happen below the speed limits and that 'speeding' to simply exceed an arbitrary number on a pole cannot actually cause anything to happen at all. In fact all these speeders not crashing tend to prove that and that the limit is incorrectly set too. But if these were crashes, would she just take pictures of them or find out why? So why not find out why it's happening sergeant. All police are meant to be thinkers, never mind sergeants. Any chance this will be passed on to her?

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