Hampshire police backs speeding crackdown

Hampshire police backs speeding crackdown

Hampshire police backs speeding crackdown

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

OFFICERS in Hampshire will take part in a Europe-wide crackdown on speeding motorists.

The speed enforcement crackdown will take place tomorrow with a particular focus on goods vehicles of less than 7.5tonnes.

Officers will use mobile speeds cameras on national speed limit roads and dual carriageways, and anyone caught speeding will face action.

Sergeant Rob Heard, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: “People need to realise it’s a speed limit and not a target so it may be more appropriate to travel at a lower speed depending on the road conditions for their own safety.

“This is particularly important when dealing with vehicles which have a restricted limit below the usual speed on these roads.

“I would also remind other road users of these class restrictions and urge them to remain patient when travelling behind a slower moving vehicle complying with the speed limit that applies to them.”

Excessive speed was a factor in 27 per cent of deaths in car crashes in Hampshire last year. In 2012, the figure was 2012.

Sgt Heard added: “Excessive or inappropriate speed has a singularly devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences.”

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7:47am Mon 18 Aug 14

jonone says...

Should be able to get some good revenue from Royal Mail, DPD and Tesco Home Delivery vans for a start - not one vehicle of these companies ever obey speed limits.

Then, what action will Hants Police be taking about the causes of the other 73% of deaths on the road?
Should be able to get some good revenue from Royal Mail, DPD and Tesco Home Delivery vans for a start - not one vehicle of these companies ever obey speed limits. Then, what action will Hants Police be taking about the causes of the other 73% of deaths on the road? jonone
  • Score: 4

9:51am Mon 18 Aug 14

saxcu@imgof.com says...

only 3% of all car accidents are related to speeding (c) stats.gov.uk provides excellent stats for all accidents by type\road type\driver for every year

THREE PERCENT =)
every life is priceless but in a world of limited resources targeting the least important factor of threat is a bit... wrong

obviously, it is much cheaper to set up another "twenty is plenty" campaign then to do something useful - actually this is the cheapest option of them all - that is why it is so popular nowadays

local example - Basingstoke-Alton A339 road recently have been converted into 50mph road - the number of accident is actually INCREASED! (and these are "proper" accidents - frontal collision, cars overturned, car burned to a chassis, multiple vehicles in a single accident, at least one fatal accident closer to Alton)
only 3% of all car accidents are related to speeding (c) stats.gov.uk provides excellent stats for all accidents by type\road type\driver for every year THREE PERCENT =) every life is priceless but in a world of limited resources targeting the least important factor of threat is a bit... wrong obviously, it is much cheaper to set up another "twenty is plenty" campaign then to do something useful - actually this is the cheapest option of them all - that is why it is so popular nowadays local example - Basingstoke-Alton A339 road recently have been converted into 50mph road - the number of accident is actually INCREASED! (and these are "proper" accidents - frontal collision, cars overturned, car burned to a chassis, multiple vehicles in a single accident, at least one fatal accident closer to Alton) saxcu@imgof.com
  • Score: 8

10:42am Mon 18 Aug 14

Buster Preciation says...

jonone wrote:
Should be able to get some good revenue from Royal Mail, DPD and Tesco Home Delivery vans for a start - not one vehicle of these companies ever obey speed limits.

Then, what action will Hants Police be taking about the causes of the other 73% of deaths on the road?
I agree. Not only that but those 27% are just accidents that resulted in fatalities. Often the difference between a fatal and non-fatal accident is purely luck. How about looking at all accidents and then targeting the most common cause? Targeting speed is illogical. How about fining drivers for lane discipline, not indicating, tail gating, lane hogging, etc.
For a start I find it amazing that cars have to be tested annually for road safety but drivers are deemed competent for life. And yet the number of accidents attributed to vehicle fault is less than one percent.
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: Should be able to get some good revenue from Royal Mail, DPD and Tesco Home Delivery vans for a start - not one vehicle of these companies ever obey speed limits. Then, what action will Hants Police be taking about the causes of the other 73% of deaths on the road?[/p][/quote]I agree. Not only that but those 27% are just accidents that resulted in fatalities. Often the difference between a fatal and non-fatal accident is purely luck. How about looking at all accidents and then targeting the most common cause? Targeting speed is illogical. How about fining drivers for lane discipline, not indicating, tail gating, lane hogging, etc. For a start I find it amazing that cars have to be tested annually for road safety but drivers are deemed competent for life. And yet the number of accidents attributed to vehicle fault is less than one percent. Buster Preciation
  • Score: 2

11:57am Mon 18 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Going by the speeds on the road where I live it is the minor roads that need policing, when you have an Impreza excelerating hard down hill and reaching 4th gear just how fast is that idiot going (in a 30 limit), they do it because they will NEVER be caught
Going by the speeds on the road where I live it is the minor roads that need policing, when you have an Impreza excelerating hard down hill and reaching 4th gear just how fast is that idiot going (in a 30 limit), they do it because they will NEVER be caught Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 3

5:27pm Mon 18 Aug 14

jonone says...

Buster Preciation wrote:
jonone wrote: Should be able to get some good revenue from Royal Mail, DPD and Tesco Home Delivery vans for a start - not one vehicle of these companies ever obey speed limits. Then, what action will Hants Police be taking about the causes of the other 73% of deaths on the road?
I agree. Not only that but those 27% are just accidents that resulted in fatalities. Often the difference between a fatal and non-fatal accident is purely luck. How about looking at all accidents and then targeting the most common cause? Targeting speed is illogical. How about fining drivers for lane discipline, not indicating, tail gating, lane hogging, etc. For a start I find it amazing that cars have to be tested annually for road safety but drivers are deemed competent for life. And yet the number of accidents attributed to vehicle fault is less than one percent.
Indeed - those fines you suggest would earn Hants Police bucketloads - just from Winchester Road rounabout alone.

Sadly, they all need human policing (and as this cannot be 24/7, the threat of human policing being present without notice) and cannot be caught by basic camera technology, it'll not happen. Also, Hampshire Traffic Police haven't the slightest interest in improving road safety anyway, so there is no point complaining about it!
[quote][p][bold]Buster Preciation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: Should be able to get some good revenue from Royal Mail, DPD and Tesco Home Delivery vans for a start - not one vehicle of these companies ever obey speed limits. Then, what action will Hants Police be taking about the causes of the other 73% of deaths on the road?[/p][/quote]I agree. Not only that but those 27% are just accidents that resulted in fatalities. Often the difference between a fatal and non-fatal accident is purely luck. How about looking at all accidents and then targeting the most common cause? Targeting speed is illogical. How about fining drivers for lane discipline, not indicating, tail gating, lane hogging, etc. For a start I find it amazing that cars have to be tested annually for road safety but drivers are deemed competent for life. And yet the number of accidents attributed to vehicle fault is less than one percent.[/p][/quote]Indeed - those fines you suggest would earn Hants Police bucketloads - just from Winchester Road rounabout alone. Sadly, they all need human policing (and as this cannot be 24/7, the threat of human policing being present without notice) and cannot be caught by basic camera technology, it'll not happen. Also, Hampshire Traffic Police haven't the slightest interest in improving road safety anyway, so there is no point complaining about it! jonone
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Marina Morris says...

Has anybody on here got any idea how many police officers are on duty in Basingstoke at the moment? Shall we have a guess? Shall we have a guess how many roads police there are on duty for Basingstoke? Let's all have a guess and then the Gazette can phone up and ask or do a freedom of info application.
Has anybody on here got any idea how many police officers are on duty in Basingstoke at the moment? Shall we have a guess? Shall we have a guess how many roads police there are on duty for Basingstoke? Let's all have a guess and then the Gazette can phone up and ask or do a freedom of info application. Marina Morris
  • Score: 1

9:30pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Ambivalent says...

Have to agree with most comments here, though most roundabouts seem fair game for people who think the lanes are for others and they have the right to go in whichever lane suits them. Often have to avoid idiots on the Winchester Road roundabout, but even in town and Oakridge - frequently a total disregard for other road users. They seem to believe it is your duty to avoid them even if they are in the wrong. Frequently see drivers on Oakridge Road doing well over 30mph, even when they can see all the kiddies walking to school. Many driving very nice and very expensive cars.
To me it is anti social behaviour - no different from the yob spraying graffiti or falling over drunk, the only difference being the drivers can end up killing people.
Have to agree with most comments here, though most roundabouts seem fair game for people who think the lanes are for others and they have the right to go in whichever lane suits them. Often have to avoid idiots on the Winchester Road roundabout, but even in town and Oakridge - frequently a total disregard for other road users. They seem to believe it is your duty to avoid them even if they are in the wrong. Frequently see drivers on Oakridge Road doing well over 30mph, even when they can see all the kiddies walking to school. Many driving very nice and very expensive cars. To me it is anti social behaviour - no different from the yob spraying graffiti or falling over drunk, the only difference being the drivers can end up killing people. Ambivalent
  • Score: 2

7:29am Wed 20 Aug 14

jonone says...

Marina Morris wrote:
Has anybody on here got any idea how many police officers are on duty in Basingstoke at the moment? Shall we have a guess? Shall we have a guess how many roads police there are on duty for Basingstoke? Let's all have a guess and then the Gazette can phone up and ask or do a freedom of info application.
No idea but traffic police are few and far between. Plus, last time I saw traffic police on the M3, they watched someone pull in front of another driver and cause that driver to brake (i.e. dangerous driving). They ignore them, then burned off at 80+, only to slow down again further up and then leave at Hook. Clearly speeding off to breaktime!!
[quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: Has anybody on here got any idea how many police officers are on duty in Basingstoke at the moment? Shall we have a guess? Shall we have a guess how many roads police there are on duty for Basingstoke? Let's all have a guess and then the Gazette can phone up and ask or do a freedom of info application.[/p][/quote]No idea but traffic police are few and far between. Plus, last time I saw traffic police on the M3, they watched someone pull in front of another driver and cause that driver to brake (i.e. dangerous driving). They ignore them, then burned off at 80+, only to slow down again further up and then leave at Hook. Clearly speeding off to breaktime!! jonone
  • Score: -3

9:23am Wed 20 Aug 14

Folkestone Saint says...

jonone wrote:
Marina Morris wrote:
Has anybody on here got any idea how many police officers are on duty in Basingstoke at the moment? Shall we have a guess? Shall we have a guess how many roads police there are on duty for Basingstoke? Let's all have a guess and then the Gazette can phone up and ask or do a freedom of info application.
No idea but traffic police are few and far between. Plus, last time I saw traffic police on the M3, they watched someone pull in front of another driver and cause that driver to brake (i.e. dangerous driving). They ignore them, then burned off at 80+, only to slow down again further up and then leave at Hook. Clearly speeding off to breaktime!!
Last year on the M25 there was a convoy of police vans, the first one was tailgating a car in the 4th lane (out of 5), yes they should not have been there driving so slowly but what the policeman was doing was still illegal, he and his mates were laughiing about it so one assumes it's ok if you are plod to tailgate
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: Has anybody on here got any idea how many police officers are on duty in Basingstoke at the moment? Shall we have a guess? Shall we have a guess how many roads police there are on duty for Basingstoke? Let's all have a guess and then the Gazette can phone up and ask or do a freedom of info application.[/p][/quote]No idea but traffic police are few and far between. Plus, last time I saw traffic police on the M3, they watched someone pull in front of another driver and cause that driver to brake (i.e. dangerous driving). They ignore them, then burned off at 80+, only to slow down again further up and then leave at Hook. Clearly speeding off to breaktime!![/p][/quote]Last year on the M25 there was a convoy of police vans, the first one was tailgating a car in the 4th lane (out of 5), yes they should not have been there driving so slowly but what the policeman was doing was still illegal, he and his mates were laughiing about it so one assumes it's ok if you are plod to tailgate Folkestone Saint
  • Score: -3

8:55pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Orwell1984 says...

jonone wrote:
Should be able to get some good revenue from Royal Mail, DPD and Tesco Home Delivery vans for a start - not one vehicle of these companies ever obey speed limits. Then, what action will Hants Police be taking about the causes of the other 73% of deaths on the road?
You can add Iceland and Sainsbury home delivery vans to that list, especially at about 9pm when they are rushing around to finish their shift.
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: Should be able to get some good revenue from Royal Mail, DPD and Tesco Home Delivery vans for a start - not one vehicle of these companies ever obey speed limits. Then, what action will Hants Police be taking about the causes of the other 73% of deaths on the road?[/p][/quote]You can add Iceland and Sainsbury home delivery vans to that list, especially at about 9pm when they are rushing around to finish their shift. Orwell1984
  • Score: 1

9:21pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Orwell1984 says...

jonone wrote:
Should be able to get some good revenue from Royal Mail, DPD and Tesco Home Delivery vans for a start - not one vehicle of these companies ever obey speed limits. Then, what action will Hants Police be taking about the causes of the other 73% of deaths on the road?
You can add Iceland and Sainsbury delivery vans to that list, especially around 9pm when they are rushing around to finish their rounds.
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: Should be able to get some good revenue from Royal Mail, DPD and Tesco Home Delivery vans for a start - not one vehicle of these companies ever obey speed limits. Then, what action will Hants Police be taking about the causes of the other 73% of deaths on the road?[/p][/quote]You can add Iceland and Sainsbury delivery vans to that list, especially around 9pm when they are rushing around to finish their rounds. Orwell1984
  • Score: -1

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