Joined: Jul 21, 2004 Posts: 2624 Location: Chelmsford, UK
Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:41 pm Post subject: 400 Drivers Caught Doing More Than Twice The Limit
Results from a speed awareness campaign in Frome have revealed shocking statistics as hundreds of drivers were caught flouting the restriction and travelling up to twice the speed limit.
Those in charge of the scheme, Mendip Community Speedwatch, set up speed camera vans to monitor the driving of local residents in Frome and the surrounding area. Since its introduction, the scheme has issued more than two thousand warning letters over the past two years, with those contacted facing possible legal prosecution if caught again.
Yet, despite the large number of warning letters, the area is still experiencing a startlingly high level of speeding.
Over the past four weeks, the camera vans caught four hundred drivers travelling at speeds of up to 69mph in areas with a 30mph limit.
Ashley Reay, the Speedwatch Coordinator, described his experience of sitting in the speed camera van as "frightening"; revealing that many of the drivers caught were travelling at speeds of thirty to fifty per cent over the limit, despite having children in the car.
He expressed his bemusement at the situation, stating that he could see no justification for travelling at such high speeds in residential areas and claiming to be "at a loss to understand why the community has not taken notice" of the issue.
Reay also explained that, if the situation continued, thousands of motorists could be prosecuted - resulting in the "inevitable consequences on licences and heavy fines" being issued.
Typical inaccurate reporting to grab a headline. Actually it's the headline that's b****cks. "400 drivers are caught speeding at twice limit," it screams, yet it then goes on to say, "Safety camera vans have caught about 400 cars being driven at speeds of up to 69mph in 30mph zones." So, that's not saying all 400 are doing between 60 and 69, is it? In fact, it doesn't even say that 400 are exceeding the speed limit (though the implication is there). In fact, all it says is that, of 400 vehicles, none was going fater than 69.
Anyway, it goes on to say "watching drivers, often with children in the car, travelling at speeds of 30 to 50 per cent over the limit." In a 30 limit, that's an unspecified number of cars doing between 39 and 45. A bit different. Oh, and just to add to the fake outrage, let's bring children into it (but won't anyone think of the children!!!).
In short, the article is actually short of any real facts, just meaningless numbers in an attempt to whip up a story.
Why are journalists so lazy that they can't
(a) check up the source of the data to verify what they get fed
(b) then use meaningful numbers in their reports?
Joined: Sep 06, 2006 Posts: 1617 Location: East Hertfordshire
Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:13 am Post subject:
I think the full source in the first post makes matters a bit clearer with its greater detail. But what I found fascinating is that Ashley Reay, the Speedwatch Coordinator who made these comments, wrote to the newspaper a year earlier, ahead of the introduction of the scheme, that 'this is simply an idea that will not work'
So he has been proved right - it hasn't! _________________ David
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Joined: Feb 28, 2006 Posts: 35 Location: West Sussex
Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:36 pm Post subject: Frome
Speed limits have to be realalistic, and not set at too low a level or people will never stick to them. If you worry about people being hit should we all drive at 12mph and have someone with a red flag in front? Nobody is saying that we should all tear about, but some carefull thinking has to go into the setting of limits, and not just say lets make it 30 mph when a road has been operating quite well for years at 60 mph for instance, maybe that 40 or 50 mph might be more like it.What I am saying is that if so many drivers judge that the speed limit feels too low then it will be broken ( often quite unintentionally ).To put put it another way you can often drive in a 60 mph country lane, but in fact you would not feel COMFORTABLE doing more that 20-30mph, it's all about drivers judgement!
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