Speed detection making a difference to Honiton’s roads

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 February 2016

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The number of motorists speeding in Honiton looks to have reduced thanks to a strong police presence in the town.

Honiton PCSO Darren England has been joined by other officers from Honiton’s neighbourhood team to conduct speed detection sessions on passing vehicles.

They carried out these checks last year, and will continue to monitor the roads throughout the course of this year.

Mr England said: “We have been out 32 times over the year, and we will mainly be out for 30 minutes detecting speeds of passing vehicles.

“Looking at the reports, we have had 36 vehicles passing the device more than five miles per hour over the speed limit.

“We do not mark down all passing vehicles, but I would say it would be in the thousands over the 32 deployments.

“Looking at the figures, I would say this is very good.”

Mr England confirmed that the speed detection sessions will start up again in Honiton soon, adding: “If we find that there is a speed issue in the area we can then request speed enforcement. This can be done by way of a speed gun to police vehicles with speed cameras inside.”

Mr England says his ethos rests heavily on educating drivers who are caught breaking the speed limit.

“To me, it is all about educating drivers and encouraging people to stick to the speed limits,” he said.

“In all of the years I have been doing this job, we have never had many issues.

“It is very rare that people get injured with regards to speeding as the main cause, but it is a concern for residents.”


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