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The police officers caught speeding in Cornwall and Devon

The police officers caught speeding in Cornwall and Devon

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:31am 5th August 2018. (Updated at 3:25pm 8th August 2018)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark

There have been 59 serving Devon and Cornwall police officers who have been caught speeding since 2013.

A Freedom of Information request to the police asked how many serving officers have been given a speeding penalty of any kind (points/fines/speed awareness course) in the last five years, while either on or off duty.

The response was:  2013 = 1.      2014 = 8.      2015 = 23.      2016 = 11.      2017 = 16.

The response also said that one officer in 2015 was given a penalty for using a mobile phone whilst driving and in 2016, one officer was caught drink driving.

The information is based on notifications to the Alliance Professional Standards Department. Officers are expected to self-refer themselves.

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A sign warning about speed cameras

Pirate FM has asked Devon and Cornwall Police for a statement and is waiting for a response.

It comes as nearly 25,000 speeding fines have been issued by speed cameras in Devon and Cornwall since the start of 2016, with one driver caught at an eye-watering 136mph.

The figures, revealed in a Freedom of Information request to Devon and Cornwall Police, show that on average 800 Fixed Penalty offences are issued a month and that there have been 23,485 fines issued in the last two and a half years.

But the true picture of speeding in the counties is expected to be higher, as the numbers provided do not include drivers referred for educational speed awareness courses or cases referred directly to court.

The information also reveals that the speed camera located on the A386 Alma Road in Plymouth is nearly twice as active as any other speed camera in the two counties and that the highest speed recorded by a camera was 136mph.

speed camera
A speed camera

"Officers, either on or off duty, who are caught speeding have to adhere to disciplinary procedures that begin with reporting the offence to our Professional Standards Department.

"The outcome of each case will depend on the circumstances and the severity of offence.

"Officers are also expected to self-refer themselves. Failure to report the offence could also result in a disciplinary investigation.

"Serving officers caught speeding while off-duty are obliged to inform the force's professional standards unit."

Devon and Cornwall Police

police officerWhere are the most active static and mobile speed cameras?

2018:

A386 Alma Road, near bus station: 2,230 activations

A38 Deep Lane (westbound): 1,374 activations

A385 Ashburton Road, Totnes: 1,006 activations 

2017:

A386 Alma Road, near bus station: 7,555 activations

A385 Ashburton Road, Totnes: 3,678 activations

A30 Victoria, Cornwall: 2,740 activations

2016:

A30 Temple to Higher Carblake, westbound: 8,185 activations

A386 Alma Road, nearr bus station: 5,717 activations

A385 Ashburton Road, Totnes: 3,831 activations

You can read the full data, under Speeding Offences & Speed Cameras, here.

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