Police to target Cannington speedsters

SPEEDING motorists using a Cannington road as a racetrack are to be targeted by police following a community meeting.

Police listened to people who attended their PACT meeting in September and identified speeding between Cannington and Hinkley as a priority.

The local neighbourhood team have been working with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue to conduct two days of speed checks during peak times.

A total of 1481 vehicles were checked and 26 were found to be exceeding the speed limit through Cannington.

Sergeant Steve Crago told the Mercury: “Recently there has been an increase in traffic on this road and this is expected to continue for as long as Hinkley Point continues to prepare for, and possibly build, a new nuclear reactor.

“While the small number of drivers exceeding the speed limit is encouraging, we still have work to do to further educate drivers who exceed the speed limit in built-up areas.”

Let the police know priorities by calling 101 or visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

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4:23pm Tue 13 Nov 12

sheldoncooper says...

ITS GROUNDHOG DAY !!
ITS GROUNDHOG DAY !! sheldoncooper

2:25pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Alex@SDA says...

sheldoncooper wrote:
ITS GROUNDHOG DAY !!
Or Slow-News day.

As I tried to imply on the other (same) topic there needs to be a less Health & Safety orientated style of operation and just have offers in normal uniform.
[quote][p][bold]sheldoncooper[/bold] wrote: ITS GROUNDHOG DAY !![/p][/quote]Or Slow-News day. As I tried to imply on the other (same) topic there needs to be a less Health & Safety orientated style of operation and just have offers in normal uniform. Alex@SDA

5:00pm Thu 15 Nov 12

sheldoncooper says...

Alex@SDA wrote:
sheldoncooper wrote:
ITS GROUNDHOG DAY !!
Or Slow-News day.

As I tried to imply on the other (same) topic there needs to be a less Health & Safety orientated style of operation and just have offers in normal uniform.
Could'nt agree more. They did the same in Eastern Ave last year. Normally cars are hurtling down through but as soon as they appeared in the hiVis etc it was a waste of time
[quote][p][bold]Alex@SDA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sheldoncooper[/bold] wrote: ITS GROUNDHOG DAY !![/p][/quote]Or Slow-News day. As I tried to imply on the other (same) topic there needs to be a less Health & Safety orientated style of operation and just have offers in normal uniform.[/p][/quote]Could'nt agree more. They did the same in Eastern Ave last year. Normally cars are hurtling down through but as soon as they appeared in the hiVis etc it was a waste of time sheldoncooper

6:49pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Alex@SDA says...

In case anyone is confused. There was an earlier report along the same lines put on the web Sat 10th which had a picture of 2 "Officers" in hi-vis tops. There were 4 comments yet disappeared off the "most commented" list? Probably because we pointed out the Mercury duplication.

Anyway I wrote more or less the following on that thread.....

The reason for the percentage of speeding motorists were due to the prominence of police officers in hi-vis tops, coupled with signs everywhere.

The picture as above says it all, and they were easily spotted from hundreds of yards away. Observers could see bonnets on cars "dipping down" as brakes were being heavily applied.

They were on site a long time, and the word soon got out, and some motorists leaving the village were flashing lights to those coming into the village.

The police may as well to have set up a road block where they stop the traffic as you enter the village & point out where the speed-traps are situated, at the same time wishing everyone a safe journey, and please don't knock over any P.C's.

They should do another one, but under normal conditions.
In case anyone is confused. There was an earlier report along the same lines put on the web Sat 10th which had a picture of 2 "Officers" in hi-vis tops. There were 4 comments yet disappeared off the "most commented" list? Probably because we pointed out the Mercury duplication. Anyway I wrote more or less the following on that thread..... The reason for the percentage of speeding motorists were due to the prominence of police officers in hi-vis tops, coupled with signs everywhere. The picture as above says it all, and they were easily spotted from hundreds of yards away. Observers could see bonnets on cars "dipping down" as brakes were being heavily applied. They were on site a long time, and the word soon got out, and some motorists leaving the village were flashing lights to those coming into the village. The police may as well to have set up a road block where they stop the traffic as you enter the village & point out where the speed-traps are situated, at the same time wishing everyone a safe journey, and please don't knock over any P.C's. They should do another one, but under normal conditions. Alex@SDA

8:48pm Thu 15 Nov 12

sheldoncooper says...

Alex@SDA wrote:
In case anyone is confused. There was an earlier report along the same lines put on the web Sat 10th which had a picture of 2 "Officers" in hi-vis tops. There were 4 comments yet disappeared off the "most commented" list? Probably because we pointed out the Mercury duplication.

Anyway I wrote more or less the following on that thread.....

The reason for the percentage of speeding motorists were due to the prominence of police officers in hi-vis tops, coupled with signs everywhere.

The picture as above says it all, and they were easily spotted from hundreds of yards away. Observers could see bonnets on cars "dipping down" as brakes were being heavily applied.

They were on site a long time, and the word soon got out, and some motorists leaving the village were flashing lights to those coming into the village.

The police may as well to have set up a road block where they stop the traffic as you enter the village & point out where the speed-traps are situated, at the same time wishing everyone a safe journey, and please don't knock over any P.C's.

They should do another one, but under normal conditions.
ITS GROUNDHOG DAY..LOL
[quote][p][bold]Alex@SDA[/bold] wrote: In case anyone is confused. There was an earlier report along the same lines put on the web Sat 10th which had a picture of 2 "Officers" in hi-vis tops. There were 4 comments yet disappeared off the "most commented" list? Probably because we pointed out the Mercury duplication. Anyway I wrote more or less the following on that thread..... The reason for the percentage of speeding motorists were due to the prominence of police officers in hi-vis tops, coupled with signs everywhere. The picture as above says it all, and they were easily spotted from hundreds of yards away. Observers could see bonnets on cars "dipping down" as brakes were being heavily applied. They were on site a long time, and the word soon got out, and some motorists leaving the village were flashing lights to those coming into the village. The police may as well to have set up a road block where they stop the traffic as you enter the village & point out where the speed-traps are situated, at the same time wishing everyone a safe journey, and please don't knock over any P.C's. They should do another one, but under normal conditions.[/p][/quote]ITS GROUNDHOG DAY..LOL sheldoncooper

9:34pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Alex@SDA says...

Sheldoncooper.

The only reason I re-posted was because the original thread evaporated.

As a driver I appreciate the fact the authorities were kind enough to make it difficult to actually get caught, but conversely speed limits are there for a reason and I'm sure all will agree as a subject that needs to be taken seriously. Except the 20-mph on a Sunday in Westonzoyland Rd.

However as long as it prevails that the risk factor of being caught is being diminished by the blatant advertising the fact they are there, defeats the whole object.
Sheldoncooper. The only reason I re-posted was because the original thread evaporated. As a driver I appreciate the fact the authorities were kind enough to make it difficult to actually get caught, but conversely speed limits are there for a reason and I'm sure all will agree as a subject that needs to be taken seriously. Except the 20-mph on a Sunday in Westonzoyland Rd. However as long as it prevails that the risk factor of being caught is being diminished by the blatant advertising the fact they are there, defeats the whole object. Alex@SDA

11:35pm Thu 15 Nov 12

sheldoncooper says...

Alex@SDA wrote:
Sheldoncooper.

The only reason I re-posted was because the original thread evaporated.

As a driver I appreciate the fact the authorities were kind enough to make it difficult to actually get caught, but conversely speed limits are there for a reason and I'm sure all will agree as a subject that needs to be taken seriously. Except the 20-mph on a Sunday in Westonzoyland Rd.

However as long as it prevails that the risk factor of being caught is being diminished by the blatant advertising the fact they are there, defeats the whole object.
Totally agree . was'nt taking the mick just laughable that the Merc took of the other comments that pointed out it was repeating itself (again).

Re Westonzoyland Road, there's a point - I have to come out from Eastern Avenue a couple of times a day and cars come along there at 40 - 50 regularly - especially from Westonzoyand- they did one of their "covert" ops last year and stood by the bus stop so cars doing 50 approaching the 30 sign could clearly see them and slowed down. Whole thing was pointless, if they had stood around the bend the other side of the crossing the would have caught dozens...it's not rocket science.
[quote][p][bold]Alex@SDA[/bold] wrote: Sheldoncooper. The only reason I re-posted was because the original thread evaporated. As a driver I appreciate the fact the authorities were kind enough to make it difficult to actually get caught, but conversely speed limits are there for a reason and I'm sure all will agree as a subject that needs to be taken seriously. Except the 20-mph on a Sunday in Westonzoyland Rd. However as long as it prevails that the risk factor of being caught is being diminished by the blatant advertising the fact they are there, defeats the whole object.[/p][/quote]Totally agree . was'nt taking the mick just laughable that the Merc took of the other comments that pointed out it was repeating itself (again). Re Westonzoyland Road, there's a point - I have to come out from Eastern Avenue a couple of times a day and cars come along there at 40 - 50 regularly - especially from Westonzoyand- they did one of their "covert" ops last year and stood by the bus stop so cars doing 50 approaching the 30 sign could clearly see them and slowed down. Whole thing was pointless, if they had stood around the bend the other side of the crossing the would have caught dozens...it's not rocket science. sheldoncooper

9:04am Fri 16 Nov 12

Samej1 says...

A longer survey would be a far better barometer - this is an extract from a 15 day survey in Shurton earlier this year:

"4584 (some 300 vehicles travelling one way, per day). 1787 were recorded at 50 mph." Source - Stogursey Parish Council
A longer survey would be a far better barometer - this is an extract from a 15 day survey in Shurton earlier this year: "4584 (some 300 vehicles travelling one way, per day). 1787 were recorded at 50 mph." Source - Stogursey Parish Council Samej1

9:06am Fri 16 Nov 12

Samej1 says...

Sorry the comments were truncated due to use of less than/more than symbols, should be:

"4584 (some 300 vehicles travelling one way, per day). 1787 were recorded at less than 30 mph; 2742 less than 40 mph, 64 less than 50
mph and 1 vehicle over 50 mph."
Sorry the comments were truncated due to use of less than/more than symbols, should be: "4584 (some 300 vehicles travelling one way, per day). 1787 were recorded at less than 30 mph; 2742 less than 40 mph, 64 less than 50 mph and 1 vehicle over 50 mph." Samej1

10:57am Fri 16 Nov 12

rich1973 says...

Should use 2 cameras one taking pic as you enter and one taking one as they leave giving the police a average speed for each motorist.
Should use 2 cameras one taking pic as you enter and one taking one as they leave giving the police a average speed for each motorist. rich1973

1:05pm Sun 18 Nov 12

outcider says...

rich1973 wrote:
Should use 2 cameras one taking pic as you enter and one taking one as they leave giving the police a average speed for each motorist.
http://i.imgur.com/R
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[quote][p][bold]rich1973[/bold] wrote: Should use 2 cameras one taking pic as you enter and one taking one as they leave giving the police a average speed for each motorist.[/p][/quote]http://i.imgur.com/R uRvk.gif outcider

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