Residents urged to help with crackdown on speeding

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As part of ongoing efforts to tackle the issue of speeding vehicles, Cheshire Police is taking part in a Europe-wide speed enforcement operation this week.

Sergeant Andy Jones said: "Speed is a major cause of serious and sometimes fatal road crashes. The speed limit is there for a reason and that's what we want to remind people.

"As a roads policing officer, I deal with speeding on a daily basis and I've heard every excuse - from running late to not realising what the speed limit was.

"But the simple fact is it doesn't matter how experienced a driver you are, it's just not worth the risk.

"The faster you drive a car the longer it'll take you to stop. If you don't stop in time then you were travelling too fast. The faster you hit something, the greater the effect of that impact."

As part of the operation officers from the Force Roads Policing Team will be conducting speed enforcement activity on a number of major routes across the county.

Meanwhile, Police Community Support Officers will be undertaking speed checks on roads where concerns have been raised by local residents and in places where young children may run out in the road or unsuspecting pedestrians cross believing it to be safe.

David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: "Road safety is a major concern for many of the residents that I represent across Cheshire, and I am pleased to see that the constabulary is taking part in this crack down."

As part of the operation officers are keen for local residents to get involved, either by joining a local Speed Watch group or by logging on to the Cheshire police website and reporting concerns or issues over speeding in their communities.

Any intelligence received will reviewed by officers, who will look to see what action can be taken and work with the local authority to see if measures can put in place to combat the issue.

Sergeant Andy Jones added: "While this operation is only running for one week, we take the same approach to inappropriate speed all year round and anyone who breaks the law will be dealt with in the most appropriate manner."

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Kristina Hulme
Tuesday 7th August 2018 at 6:18 pm
The A34 on London Road in the centre of Alderley Edge is fast becoming a race track especially at weekends. A huge worry for our clients both young and old even crossing at the traffic lights.Slow down so we can take time to see the beauty parade of your cars without an accident waiting to happen.
Harry Martin
Tuesday 7th August 2018 at 7:14 pm
Not just that stretch but I do wonder whether the 30MPH cameras on the way to John Lewis work . You go in the left hand lane if you adhere and if not the right hand one where all speed past you .These are supposed to be safety cameras .
Paul Wadsworth
Tuesday 7th August 2018 at 9:11 pm
Harry, those cameras are at 50mph
Mike O'Rourke
Wednesday 8th August 2018 at 7:56 am
Paul, how can they be 50mph cameras? They are in a 30mph section just north of the Stanley Green roundabout.
Verity Williams
Wednesday 8th August 2018 at 10:42 am
And yet the greatest cause of deaths on our roads is not speed, but people failing to look properly. What's being done to increase people's attentiveness while driving? I'm often terrified by how many people are either oblivious to what is happening around them, or are simply incredibly slow to respond.
Verity Williams
Wednesday 8th August 2018 at 11:14 am
The police actually provide a great example on how to improve road safety. Police drivers also need to avoid collisions. But rather than reduce the speed limit at which police drivers are allowed to drive, they increase their driving training. Police drivers are therefore trained incredibly well, which makes them very safe drivers, even at high speeds.

I'm not advocating that we all drive around like the police on a chase, but I wish we could focus on how we best achieve road safety, and increasing driving skills in total, rather than reducing everyone to the lowest common denominator and only ever considering speed, which, as I said above, is not the greatest cause of road deaths. The greatest cause of road deaths is failing to look properly, which is a symptom of bad driving, or driving like a robot, or driving like you're on a conveyor belt, rather than driving as a switched on, attentive and responsive person.

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