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Police operation catches speeding drivers in Newquay

Police operation catches speeding drivers in Newquay

Published by Emma Carton at 8:30am 12th June 2018. (Updated at 11:37am 12th June 2018)

Almost 200 drivers have been clocked speeding in Newquay in just one day.

Police says others were caught with no tax or insurance during a half-term crackdown.

Officers were working with the Peninsula Road Safety Camera Partnership, as well as the casualty reduction team.

They believe the high number recorded in and around the town may have been down to an influx of visitors.

The operation took place on Wednesday 30th May in response to community concerns regarding excess speed and anti-social driving.

The intention was to enforce the law and to educate drivers about road safety, particularly during the busy bank holiday and school holiday week.

What were the results?

Despite poor weather conditions, 193 vehicles were caught travelling in excess of the speed limit.

Others were caught with no insurance, no tax, not weaing a seatbelt, having lights which did not work, non-standard registration plates or carrying a dangerous load.

What happens now?

These offences are dealt with through the Peninsula Road Safety Camera Partnership.

All of the registered owners of the vehicles will receive a letter in the first instance.

The registered keeper is given 28 days to provide information identifying the actual driver, which of course may be them, and that results in a Notice of Intended Prosecution being sent out to that person.

Dependant on the response by the driver the speeding offence can then be dealt with by way of a speed awareness course, by a conditional offer or by the court, depending on the severity of the offence.

Sue Naylor, a Speed Detection Officer based in Bodmin, said: "This operation sought to reduce excess speed, whilst reassuring the local community that we take their concerns seriously".

What can I do about speeding in my community?

If your community has concerns about speeding drivers, your first contact should be your local policing team and you can check the list here.

Speed Watch is a scheme designed to drive down the speeds of vehicles in areas which have, specifically, limits of 40mph and below.

Speed Watch involves members of the local community, and aims to engage and educate drivers rather than issue fines and court summonses.

Using a staged warning system, first-time offenders will receive education and warnings, persistent offenders can expect further police action and even a court appearance.

Read more about Speed Watch on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.

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