Speeding drivers beware
7:30am Thu Oct 04, 2012
Motorists are being urged to watch their speed due to the continued success of a long-term campaign run by police in the Southwell area.
Southwell’s beat manager Pc Tony Hayes and PCSO Richard Dunn have run Operation Aneurysm for around six years, targeting motorists speeding in Southwell and surrounding villages.
The operation has led to hundreds of motorists receiving tickets and warnings for breaking the speed limit.
Pc Hayes said: “If you don’t want a knock at your door don’t speed — that’s the bottom line.
“The other thing to think about is: would your child to be run over by a speeding driver?”
Pc Hayes said he was able to use his discretion and issue warnings to some motorists instead of fines.
He said: “If it is in an area where there are no schools or elderly people and they are only just over the limit we sometimes use our discretion and give them a verbal warning and take their details.
“Obviously if it is near an area where there might be vulnerable pedestrians then it is rigorously enforced.
“We have been running this for about six years and it has been very successful.
“Since I have been doing this job, which is about eight or nine years, speeding has always been one of the top priorities for us.”
Pc Hayes has trained volunteers from the community to be part of community Speedwatch programmes.
He said: “Tickets issued by Speedwatch groups are non- enforceable but groups log the speed of the vehicle and its registration and that information goes to Newark Police Station and warning are letters sent out.
“It is a way of people doing something positive for their community.”
Pc Hayes and PCSO Dunn will be in Southwell Market Square from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, October 27, for residents to raise any issues with them.
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