back to article Neighbourhood watchers in Reading get speedguns

Police in Reading are today encouraging residents to join the Big Society and zap speeding neighbours with personal issue speed detection kit. The speedster who falls afoul of the personal speedguns gets two written warnings from neighbourhood police. Police may then take action on the third infraction. SPEEDNAUGHTY Be good …

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  1. Very Old Hand

    Been here for 18 months

    Been used around here (Wickwar,South Glous) for about 18 months all OAP's with hi vis coats & clip boards.I make sure i salute them when i pass.

  2. CaptainHook
    WTF?

    Impressive

    "He added: "The most impressive aspect was the number of motorists who supported the campaign by stopping and thanking those taking part in the initiative.""

    ah ha ha ha ha

  3. Trevor Marron

    It only takes the opinion of two people to get a conviction for speeding.

    It only takes the opinion of two people to get a conviction for speeding. If they stand before the Magistrates and the magistrates believe them over you then a speeding conviction is complete. The two people do not need to be police officers, just people who can be classed as able to reliably estimated the vehicle was speeding.

    So if they estimate a vehicle was speeding, then confirm it with a device then the principle evidence would be the assessment, confirmed with the device.

    Whether the police would report someone under these circumstances is another thing though as it would dilute their role in the enforcement of the offence.

  4. Chris Miller
    Joke

    Equally effective

    Put on a black jacket and trousers (with optional cap), borrow a hairdryer and stand by the roadside pointing it at oncoming traffic. Dramatic reductions in speed will result.

  5. Blofeld's Cat
    Terminator

    Hours of fun

    "Hello police? ... Right ... I'd like to report some sort of maniac is hiding in the bushes outside 22 Acacia Avenue ... Well he seems to be pointing a gun at passing cars .... Well yes I suppose he could be a photographer ... Sending an armed response unit you say. OK bye now."

    Let's wait for the headlines when the first "Dirty Henry" leaps out in front of a vehicle and gets flattened into the tarmac.

    <-- Hasta la vista, Minnie.

    1. Thomas 4

      Well said

      Been a long time since the Photographer Menace was brought to justice.

    2. Luther Blissett

      And while you're at it, why not arrest the Magistrate also?

      http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/8894423.UPDATED__Protestors_storm_court_and__arrest__judge_in_chaotic_scenes/

    3. John Murgatroyd

      Only

      if the device is home-office approved for speed detection and measurement.

      None of the speedwatch/grass-your-neighbours gear is home office approved for that.

    4. Intractable Potsherd

      Uuhuuh - salute ...

      ... with how many fingers?

    5. g e

      Thank you!

      I guess having 'Wanker' shouted at you MIGHT sound a bit like that...

      "Thank you! I had no idea I was doing 30.06MPH! You live at number 37, you say? Gosh, you know I heard there'd been an outbreak of arson recently and they've still not caught the culprit. I hope you're insured..."

  6. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Another head line grabbing idiot idea

    So how well is this going to stand up on a legal basis?;

    "So you clocked Mr Smith doing 150mph in his robin reliant"

    Where you trained how to use the equipment correctly, so that you did not clock a traffic light doing 40 mph

    Did you assess the radio emissions in the area, so that you did not clock a tree doing 60mph at surrey police HQ (CC trying new toy forget about the big radio masts)

    Has the equipment been calibrated and correctly maintained, or has it just bounced around in the boot of your car during the week, prior to being used on saturday

    Is it true that Mr.Smith fired you last week, for wasting your time at work doing stuff for your NAG

    Bearing in mind the trouble proffesional police officers can get into when seriously challgened on the use of radar guns, can anybody see a few arguments that might be used in a court here, at great expenses to the tax payer when the amatuers are involved?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A good initiative

    This is relatively old news, SpeedWatch has been operating in Staffordshire for at least two years.

    Sadly this is necessary as many police forces don't seem to bother with enforcing traffic regulations away from the motorways. Many motorists, who presumably drive carefully and at reasonable speeds in their own neighbourhood, will drive through another village without bothering to slow down at all, so some deterrent is needed.

    I'd be happy for all these schemes to be replaced by average speed systems to control the speed of traffic though villages.

  8. dotdavid
    Big Brother

    Hmm

    "The most impressive aspect was the number of motorists who supported the campaign by stopping and thanking those taking part in the initiative."

    Yep, one person did this. That was one more person than we expected.

    1. Captain DaFt
      Thumb Up

      Wondering...

      And I have to wonder just how sarcastic his "Thank you." was?

    2. Blofeld's Cat
      Pint

      ...and...

      He was so drunk that he could hardly stand.

    3. Knochen Brittle

      Professional police officers?!?

      Well, there's a confusing [propaganda] concept!

      AFAIK them, they are usually a 'laws for u, not us' political army arranged in ranks of varying incompetence and malice, from which any honest characters accidentally hired are weeded out early by unnatural selection.

      Maybe that is related to the fact that police [or King's Local Dragoons] never were, nor can ever become, a profession.

  9. squilookle

    WTF?

    "He added: "The most impressive aspect was the number of motorists who supported the campaign by stopping and thanking those taking part in the initiative.""

    By "thanking", they mean "shouting abuse at", right?

    Otherwise, I don't believe it.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This won't be open to abuse at all.

    No, I can't see friends of the speeders being ignored, while the man from no 28 with the unkempt lawn who lets his dog piss on the daffodils gets busted for being 1mph over.

    We had one of those 'smiley face/sad face' speeding things on the entrance to work's car-park. I can't honestly say i'd ever seen it give a happy face to anyone. I thought it was a reflection of my general mood in the mornings.

  11. Tom_
    Happy

    Sounds fun

    Can I get hold of a speed radar gun thingy and then drive towards my neighbours car at about 40mph, leaning out of the driver's side window, pointing the radar/gun thingy at his numberplate?

    Or is that just too silly? :)

    1. Tim Parker

      @squillookle

      > By "thanking", they mean "shouting abuse at", right?

      > Otherwise, I don't believe it.

      Why not ?

      1. squilookle

        @Tim Parker

        Good question.

        Firstly, I believe a fair sized chunk of people will be against the idea for various reasons ranging from finding the scheme intrusive to having strong feelings about speed cameras for whatever reason.

        Let's ignore that group for a moment and focus on those who will support the scheme, and you will still have a significant number - speeding is a problem on my street and some of my neighbours are pretty passionate about it.

        Can you really see people stopping the car (possibly having to find a safe place on the street to park), getting out of the car, walking up to the people taking part in the scheme and saying "thank you"?

        It just sounds too contrived for me to believe.

        I'm not saying people won't show support the scheme, I'm sure they will, but I don't believe an impressive number are "stopping and thanking" them.

        Several people on this thread have picked up on the same quote, so I believe I am not alone.

  12. s. pam
    Grenade

    Give them the One-Fingered Solute

    What an excellent opportunity to challenge this unapproved use of tax payer money, and baffle them in court with technology warfare.

    Run 1: attach jammer to front of car, set it to record 124Mph, set video camera on to your speed, do speed limit

    Run 2: drive up to them at 3 Mph over limit, abruptly slam on brakes and stop beside them. Offer them pr0n magazine

    Run 3: drive at 10% over limit

    Odds are after 2 they'll be complaining, so you go to court. You produce video of event, speedo, then DEMAND to see the calibration certificate AND the training certificate for those with the camera as ACPO dictates.

    When they can't produce, you file suit under EU Human RIghts Act for unfair arrest.

    Guarantee this'll fuck their heads up. Of course you could just advocate open vigilanteism, but that's for others to do.....probably would work better to have a paintball gun and paint their gun eh?

    1. g e

      Dear concerned speedgun-toting neighbour

      We all know where you live. Of course we do.

      You're a f**king neighbour you moron.

  13. Alister Silver badge

    a good thing

    Why is there this perception in the UK that you should be able to drive as fast as you want, where you want, and exceeding the speed limit is OK, and therefore that anyone who tries to enforce the speed limit is wrong?

    The argument against fixed speed cameras has always been that they are purely used as income generation. Well, with the majority of these schemes, it is not about income, it's about getting people to drive safely, as it should be.

    I think these schemes are a good idea, and I don't see why they would lead to "village feuds" either, if you live in a village or small town it is unlikely you would speed through it anyway. Peer pressure to get people to slow down seems to me to be a much better idea than blanket fines.

    1. Liam Johnson

      exceeding the speed limit is OK?

      The problem is that there are lots of ways to drive dangerously without excessive speed. You can see plenty of people on the roads, talking on mobile phones, shouting at kids, gossiping, reading maps, swerving across lanes or just generally not concentrating on what they are doing. All these people get away with their dangerous driving because the “safety cameras” just check speed.

      It then depends how you weigh these issues. Is the safer driver the one who occasionally hits 35 in a 30 limit or the one who drives as 20 because they are concentrating on something else?

      1. Alister Silver badge

        other issues

        Yes I agree, there are lots of other ways that people drive dangerously, but that shouldn't be used as an excuse to ignore speeding. Indeed, there is a case surely to have the neighbourhood watch types report drivers for these other offences too.

        In answer to your question "Is the safer driver the one who occasionally hits 35 in a 30 limit or the one who drives as 20 because they are concentrating on something else?" then I would say they are equally as dangerous, for different reasons.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Unhappy

          Justice..

          Because we are fed up with seeing people drive like total tw@ts on the roads, and getting away with it. But If you do 65mph in a 60, even for a good reason like overtaking, you can be penalised for it.

          Speeding is an easy target. I'm not advocating doing 60mph in a 30, but doing 65 in a 60 or 80 on a fairly quite motorway isn't exactly crime of the century. But to the CPS it is, because we know its easier to prove with a radar gun that someone was speeding, than to prove that someone was just following someone 2" from thier rear bumper without many camera angles.

          That scum who got found guilty of a public order offence yesterday (burning poppys on armastice day, and chanting anti British slogans) got fined £50. Yet I get caught at 74mph in a 70, and get £60 fine. Justice?...

          1. Knochen Brittle

            @ AC4Justice

            The difference is he was being stitched up for political 'thought-crime' a.k.a. free-speech, whereas you were merely being taxed the neo-hypocritical way. Neither is just, but your DM-style-whinge fails for implying another innocent party should be more heavily penalised for not being as common as dirt.

            But even if he gets 10 years in jail, you still have the same problem [or, in fact, a worse one, as you'll then be made to cough the corresponding parking-tickets for his upkeep].

            Now be brave - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

        2. Liam Johnson

          re they are equally as dangerous

          Sorry, can't agree with that at all. But perhaps that has something to do with me seeing literally hundreds of people who drive daily at 28-35 without causing a single accident. If they hit the top part of that range at the wrong moment, they get a fine.

          The only accidents I have personally witnessed were people not concentrating on what they were doing. In two of those cases, people ended up in hospital.

          Actually having an accident seems more dangerous to me than having a bit of variability in your speed.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Unhappy

        Re: exceeding the speed limit is OK?

        My personal view is that the safe speed to drive at is based on the condition of the road, the vehicle, the driver and the weather, as well as the possibility of hazards.

        This means that there are many occasions when the SAFE speed is actually a fraction of the number written at the side of the road. e.g. A narrow street in a residential area, with cars parked both sides, during a school holiday, is a crawl down the road exercise, as you will not see the kid until he is stood infront of your car, regardles of the 30mph signs. (*)

        Conversly, if you are on a motorway, with no traffic visible in either direction, the speed you drive at is not really an issue.

        What we need is less focus on speed, and more focus on dangerous driving and due care and attention. Unfortunately this has to be done with people, and not gadgets.

        (*) this is not a random example, and i have seen police vehicles going down this street in these condition at more than a safe speed.

    2. despicable me
      Badgers

      Get orf my land!

      "I don't see why they would lead to "village feuds" either, if you live in a village or small town it is unlikely you would speed through it anyway. Peer pressure to get people to slow down"

      You don't actually live in a village or small town, do you. Forget Ambridge, think Somalia.

    3. Leona A
      Paris Hilton

      agree

      The speeding thingy always has drivers up in arms, but its really quite simple, a road has a speed limit, your car is fitted with a speedometer, match the value on the speedometer with the speed limit and you don't have a problem, Simplz! Why do drivers find this so difficult?

      << Paris, as I'm sure she's been done for speeding :)

    4. Monty Burns

      The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

      "Peer pressure to get people to slow down seems to me to be a much better idea than blanket fines."

      In the early 90's this was the really effective way to reduce drink driving. Sadly this seems to have gone away now and I know a lot more people who drink drive now than did then -I'm sure the fines/penalties are probably far worse now.

      Peer pressure rules.

      (Note, i said i KNOW, not I have FRIENDS)

      1. Alister Silver badge

        think of the badgers

        Actually, I do live in a small rural town...

      2. Jason 24

        Picture the scene....

        It's 3am, your on a four lane motorway cruising at 70, not doing anything wrong.

        Then you hit a 50mph average speed check area. You look around, there's no head or tail lights in sight, there's certainly no workmen about, yet your forced to drop to 50.

        Is there really any logic to that?

    5. David Evans
      Big Brother

      @Alister

      In theory you're absolutely correct, speeding in villages should be discouraged. The problem is that the kind of people who would be most attracted to involvement in these schemes are the last people you'd actually want to do it. A bit like politicians in fact.

    6. Anonymous Coward
      Happy

      Well said!

      I almost always tend to stick to the speed limits, even more so now just to save on fuel costs!

      £1.38/litre for diesel and slamming your foot to the floor, watching the fuel gauge drop quicker than a pair of Paris'...yeah well you get the point!

  14. Pondule

    Does this make Reading more car friendly

    Only yesterday Reading was voted as the least car friendly town in the UK.

  15. OffBeatMammal

    pre-war Germany?

    not wanting to mention the N--i's but.. didn't they encourage members of the public to encourage in just this sort of behaviour as part of their expansion in power....

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    Problem Solving Award in 2010

    "Speed Watch, has been running since 2001...the scheme, which has recently clocked its millionth speeding motorist"

    1,000,000 speeding motorists? That doesn't sound like problem solved to me, that sounds like problem very much still exists.

  17. playtime
    Joke

    Mr/Mrs/Ms

    @Very old hand

    Or were you just showing them how tall Kyle is?

  18. Steve Brooks

    problems, just wait.

    Here in Aussie land they have a system in the country towns that's needed a great deal, you see our country towns aren't like yours, there could be a 1,000klms from one town to the next, so if you are an officer positioned in a small country town everybody knows you, you know everybody, and being a social outcast in such an isolated place is a problem. What they do is, every 6 months or so they have a speed compaign using coppers from a DIFFERENT little town. They move into town for a week and go crazy booking people for speeding, illegal turns etc, and then they go back to thier own little town where they can be the beloved local copper, leaving the local copper to continue being that towns beloved local copper.

    No doubt down the pub all the locals whinge to the beloved local copper about how that bloke that came for a week while he was away was right bastard and they would hate to live in a town where he was stationed. Now this system could be a boon to our country towns, in a week there would be brawls outside the local pub with tough aussie blokes threatening to glass other tough aussie blokes cause he got booked for speeding by him and....well....maybe not such a good idea.

    You see you can always move the coppers around if they pick up a bit of local enmity, but if you live in that town and people get a disliking for you over your zeal to keep the bastards under the speed limit you've got nowhere to run or hide!

    1. stupormundi
      Big Brother

      civilian helpers

      Indeed! Such civilian helpers were called 'Blockwart'.

      If the motorists end up being fined, why not give the OAP a cut of the fee--say 20%? They'd be so darn motivated.

    2. Intractable Potsherd
      Thumb Up

      You don't need to risk invoking Godwin ...

      ... Communist regimes work(ed) the same way. At least one member of the Party in every apartment block, in your pub and at your workplace (usually one you knew about, and another you didn't). Total and utter shits, every single one of them, and I cannot see why we should not vilify the "volunteers" doing this as well - after all, they all have the same cry: "It's for the good of the community!".

  19. Graham Marsden
    Thumb Down

    Unfortunately I predict...

    ... more extensions of 30mph limits outside village limits, not to mention pointless rural 40 mph limits etc because someone's stood there with a speed gun and gone "OMG! Look how fast these people are going, it can't be safe!"

  20. Parsifal
    Alert

    This is so open to abuse.

    All you need is someone with a dislike to you and wham a speeding ticket and points.

    There is no tangible evidence here, only the word of the person with the speed gun, no photographs proving who was in the car or photographic evidence of the speeding offense itself.

    It's an old analogy, but does the idea of a state where other people inform on others for minor infringements of the law sound familiar?, we only need state secret police ensuring that we are all politically correct and we're there.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Big Brother

    I wonder if they practice what they preach

    I'd like one of these speed guns. Then I could go round and target the folks involved - I wonder how many of them obey the speed limits....

    1. CaptainHook

      Obeying the speed limit

      I suspect all the people who would volunteer for this sort of thing obey the speed limit. They will also be the ones sitting in the middle lane of the motorway at 60mph and don't tend to bother with indicators.

      The trouble is when all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail, and when all you can measure is speed, then every problem is speed related.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Pointless limits...

      More often than not "pointless" speed limits in rural areas are due to unseen risks. Case in point: Ilkley Moor Road where it goes into Burley Woodhead had a 20 limit slapped on it a few years back. Cue lots of outrage from not quite local people who use the road about it being pointless and not required, nanny state etc. etc. The thing is the reason that it was put in was due to a couple of the houses up there having had cars crash into their front rooms (more than once in one case) over the previous five years.

      Odd speed limits are usually there for a reason, just because you can't see why doesn't mean that it's pointless, it usually means that you're not a traffic engineer.

      1. Liam Johnson

        Ilkley Moor Road

        And were the people who crashed just a bit over the previous speed limit, or were they ignoring it completely? Reducing the limit to 20 will piss off a lot of law abiding people, but make no difference to those who ignore them in the first place.

        What do they do when the next boy racer lands in someone’s lounge? Reduce the limit to 10? To 5?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          @Liam

          The road was a national speed limit, one of those roads where doing national speed limit is possible, sensible (and bloody good fun) at points, at others you're enclosed in and right next to houses, it's very narrow, there is no pavement and it's windy. The 20 limit is in the narrow windy area where it turns out, lots of people couldn't make sensible decisions about their own speed and safety of themselfs and others, so speeds were enforced. If you were doing the 60mph speed limit in the now 20mph area, you were being seriously irrisponsible.

          1. Liam Johnson

            The road was a national speed limit

            I know the road well, but I haven't driven there for 10 or more years and not regularly for over 20.

            The question is, will 20 get you anything that 30 and common sense wont? Or even the 60 limit and some very big SLOW signs? The road is not inherently more dangerous than any of the other narrow stone walled roads in Yorkshire.

      2. Graham Marsden
        Thumb Down

        @Pointless limits

        "More often than not "pointless" speed limits in rural areas are due to unseen risks. "

        Yes, of course, that's why the last Government wanted to introduce a blanket 50mph limit on *ALL* rural roads no matter what.

        And, no, I'm not a traffic engineer, but I am an IAM Member so I can spot hazards where they exist and, more importantly, see where they don't exist.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          @Graham

          You may be an IAM, but due to the extra skill level that you have you should be able to realise that most people aren't as good as you, that being the point of the IAM. Do you think that the speed limit should be set for advanced motorists, or average motorists, maybe even less than average motorists?

    3. jonathanb Silver badge

      Re: probably

      They are most likely the ones you need to book for driving too slowly. That does quite rightly attract more penalty points than driving too fast, but far too few people are convicted.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    Abuse?

    Of course, as many commentards have pointed out, the system is open to abuse; but to do that you would have to, if your victim chooses, commit perjury in a court of law. The maximum penalty for this 7 years in prison, so the risk is probably not worth it for most sensible people.

    I'm slightly alarmed at the negative comments here, it seems that any enforcement of laws you don't agree with, and are likely to break, is immediately an attempt at setting up a police state!

    Speeding is a very petty offence, which most of us commit on a daily basis (myself included), but speeding where people (and their children/cats/dogs etc.) live is very anti social and unnecessary.

    Many people who speed are premeditated speeders, they set off on a journey knowing they haven't enough time to complete it if they drive within the speed limits; but their own time is more important than other people's safety.

    There are also speeders who just seem to be oblivious to all speed limits; I'm forever stuck behind twats who drive along the 60mph road to the village where I live at 45mph, then continue to drive at 45mph when the speed limit changes to 30mph and race off into the distance.

    Whatever the reason for speeding, the only system that actually forces people to obey is average speed cameras because it virtually guarantees conviction if you don't comply.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Agreed

      I hate the 40mph lot. Anyone would think their car only has one speed. What gets me is if they don't feel confident doing 60 on a clear stretch of road, why do they think they are a safe driver doing 40 in a built up area?

    2. carter brandon
      Go

      maximum penalty?

      I've always been more concerned about minimum penalties, 'cause that's what I always got. For speeding, I hasten[1] to add, not perjury. (Three times in 45 years. Nothing to brag about, but for a lifelong biker, not too shabby either.)

      [1]sorry

    3. John Murgatroyd

      like

      Truck drivers ?

      Maximum speed on a single carriageway 40mph.

      Van drivers ?

      Max speed on single carriageway 50mph.

      The speed limit is the MAXIMUM speed, not the RIGHT speed.

  23. Tegne
    Paris Hilton

    Can I go and stand over these busybodies shoulders when they are browsing the Internet.

    So I can report to the relevant authorities if I find they are downloading something they shouldn't be? Home recording is ruining music, kids.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yeah...

      You could, if they did it in public, I suppose. The thing is that when you're speeding in a car it's not private in any way, you are showing everyone that you're doing it.

      If I saw someone shop lifting, I suspect I'd grass them up. If I saw a fight in the street, I'd call the police. If I saw someone doing graffiti I'd also call the police etc. etc.

      1. Intractable Potsherd

        We clearly disagree, AC.

        As I've said here before, I am as honest and law-abiding person as most others, but there is nothing that would get me to report anything directly to the police that does not have immediate impact on me (and I mean that in the sense of having to get a crime number for the purposes of insurance). The police are at best useless, and at worse likely to investigate the reporter. However, I would use Crimestoppers for an offence against the person.

        Let the downvotes and the "my family are all in the force and are lovely" comments begin ...

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          @Potsherd

          The Police are not your enemy.

          Sure some Policenem/women get some things wrong from time to time, but the point stands that they are not your enemy and actually likely to help, if you need it.

          I could go on, but I can't be arsed.

    2. Knochen Brittle
      Go

      No, but ...

      ... there's nothing wrong with persistently standing between them and oncoming traffic holding up a large placard in front of the hair-dryer, as there's no law [yet] against 'obstructing a vigilante in the course of his duties' ~ good luck and I look forward to the YT video evidence of great justice!

  24. EyeCU

    OK waited long enough

    Can't believe no one has yet used:

    Betray your family and friends, fabulous prizes to be won!

  25. John H Woods Silver badge

    Carrot required...

    Why is it all stick and no carrot? How about average speed cams through villages with ANPR. Stick to the limit and get a smiley face, and an entry into the national raffle for a free vehicle tax disc.

  26. John Murgatroyd

    Soon, with evolved road pricing

    everyone will be anpr'ed every minute they're driving.

  27. T J
    FAIL

    It will create lifelong village feuds.

    There will be murders resulting from this.

    1. Graham Marsden
      Coat

      You mean...

      ... they're introducing them in Midsomer...?!

  28. -tim
    Go

    Aren't these things on ebay yet?

    I think most of the teenagers around here would love to have one of those things if it would read fast speeds.

  29. ShaggyDoggy

    Speed

    Given that speed is not a contributory factor in nearly all RTC's are not these radar wagglers basically wasting their time, and if they really wanted to make a difference, perhaps researching the main causes of RTC's and acting to prevent those would be more helpful.

    Oh wait, that doesn't get into the media.

  30. Eden

    Why do I get a funny feeling....

    That these people are not going to be properly trained or checked on and the equipment not maintanined and accurate records kept...

    Also as a biker who knows full well these things just don't work on bikes I'd be MORE than a little annoyed if I started getting letters from these twats accusing me of speeding when I'm not.

  31. James Hughes 1

    Did anyone actually read the article?

    First offence - a letter. Second offence - a letter.Third offence - Police escalation - didn't say whether that would be court or not - in fact I would expect Police escalation to mean they then do their own speed checks. That would make any resulting fine more solid in court. Or perhaps they just pop round to the offender and give them a few hints about their driving.

    I think this is an acceptable idea. Any number of times I have stood in my front garden on my 40mph (but should be 30)built up village road, with cars and lorries blasting past at >50 and wished I had some way of reporting these people because this road often has children walking along it to school or to the park. Hankin's lorries are the worst BTW, if anyone is listening.

  32. BillboBaggins
    Flame

    Pro speeders!

    Speeding is a contentious issue and for 99.99999999999% of the time you are just breaking the law. But it only takes that 0.00000000001% to knock down or kill a child. Being a child, you have to do their thinking for them sometimes.

    I live in a small village with a 20mph past the village school. But as the road is a commute through it gets ignored by virtually everyone. Now if it was you in those circumstances and your child was knocked down, where would your argument be at that time, where would you like to string the speeding driver up to and what by?

    I wish more cars came with the driver set speed limiters. I’ve had one on a couple of cars now and as soon as I enter a 30mph zone, bang on it goes. That way you can concentrate on the road and not on the speedo. Job done.

  33. Sam Therapy
    WTF?

    Let me see if I have this right...

    Our government is giving us the privilege of doing a job - for free - that we pay them or their agencies to do for us.

    Hmmm... nah, that can't be right. As if people would fall for that.

  34. Eddie Hotchkiss
    Grenade

    Yeah Right

    "The most impressive aspect was the number of motorists who supported the campaign by stopping and thanking those taking part in the initiative."

    I am on a busy journey, some guy is pointing a device at me. I am going to pull over in a busy road, inerput my journey to shake the guys hand

    Which bit of PR bullshit is this. Did the guys organise to have his granny drive by and pull over to thank him

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