Too many drivers speeding where we live

Below is the detailed report from Lincs Road Safety Partnership, following the traffic speed surveys I requested on Wygate Park and Park Road in Spalding. Although the numbers of speeding vehicles is relatively low compared to the overall numbers checked, it’s still extremely disappointing to see the numbers in the hundreds. R U 1 of these?

I now have the results of the Archer survey carried out on Wygate Park and Park Rd at Spalding.

In relation to Wygate Park a survey was carried out on Wygate Park near the junction with Law Court monitoring traffic flow in both directions.

Over a five day period a total of 13,713 vehicles were checked 9,992 of these vehicles were travelling towards the town centre. Of vehicles travelling towards the town centre 442 vehicles (4.4%) were travelling at a speed where a speed awareness course would be an appropriate course of action. 189 vehicles (1.9%) were found to be travelling at a speed where prosecution would be an appropriate course of action.

Vehicles travelling towards the A151 21 vehicles ( 3.4%) were travelling at a speed where a speed awareness course would be an appropriate course of action. 25 vehicles (0.6%) were found to be travelling where prosecution would be an appropriate course of action.

In relation to Park Rd the survey was carried outside 214, Park Rd monitoring traffic flow in both directions. Over a five day period a total of 26,095 were checked 10,479 were travelling towards Spalding town centre and 15,616 travelling towards Pinchbeck Rd.

Vehicles travelling towards the town centre 107 (6.1%) were travelling at a speed where a speed awareness course would be an appropriate course of action. 36 vehicles (2.1%) were found to be travelling at a speed where prosecution would have been an appropriate course of action.

Vehicles travelling towards Pinchbeck Rd 286(11.0%) were travelling at a speed where a speed awareness course would be an appropriate course of action. 189 vehicles (7.1%) were travelling at a speed where a prosecution would be an appropriate course of action.

I realise the survey results may not support your impression of vehicles speed using these roads indicated by your correspondence. However, I deal with many complaints relating to speeding and I find ‘Speeding’ is both a very emotive and perceptive subject. To one person speeding may simply mean exceeding a given speed limit,when to another speeding may mean travelling too fast for the conditions whilst staying within the speed limit.

An indication of whether drivers are using a road too fast for conditions is its collision history. I have checked the collision database of all collisions recorded on Wygate Park and Park Rd with eight slight injury collisions on Park Rd and two slight injury collisions for the last three years and out of the ten slight injury collisions none can be attributed to speed.

The aim of the Lincolnshire Road Safety is to try and reduce the amount of fatalities which is distressful for those involved, however caused in the county but we put our resources into the area’s that have high collision figures and a high recorded data in relation to drivers ignoring the speed limit for the road their on. With the ultimate aim to make the roads safer in the whole county.

I will pass on the results of the survey to the local neighbourhood policing team for them to take any action that they feel is necessary during the the course of their patrol.

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2 thoughts on “Too many drivers speeding where we live

  1. Interesting reading however the one question unanswered here is how fast one needs to be going before either a speed awareness course or prosecution is warranted.

    After all, if the trigger is say 40mph then we could have 90% of drivers driving at 39mph yet the above results would not show this.

    On previous surveys the question “how many vehicles were exceeding the 30mph speed limit” wasn’t answered and on this survey that question isn’t answered either.

    Why the need to dress up the numbers?

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  2. Probably becuase the system has never been as black and white as it seems. The police have always had discretion – 5% or even 10% I believe, so it’s not surprising that this translates in to this process.
    If we want a black and white system – over the posted speed limit, even by 1mph and your nicked – we would also need to accept that there would be almost no right of appeal and that the penalties would be paid automatically, otherwise the numbers involved would be unmanageable for the courts.
    This is the sort of system the Dutch seem to have, no speed camera signs, or bright yellow speed cameras for them. Motorists are fair game in the Netherlands, even down to the police hiding behind bridge supports or vehicles. Likewise, speed monitoring devices are illegal to the point where the police can rip it out of your vehicle if you are stopped and they find one fitted. One big difference though is that there are no points awarded, just very large fines. Outstanding fines are also flagged on the passport system, so you can’t travel until the fine is paid. All this said, speeding still to be common there.

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