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Bid to clamp down on motorcycle speeding by Devon and Cornwall Police

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

Motorcycle Accident: Devon and Cornwall Police are trying to clamp down on motorcycle speeding.

Devon and Cornwall Police are trying to clamp down on motorcycle speeding.

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A CLAMP down on speeding is being tackled by Devon and Cornwall Police through motorcycle meets and liaising with European forces.

On Monday, TIPSOL Operation Speed will being, which is a week-long campaign aimed at gathering intelligence from all participating forces with the aim of reducing death, injury and crime on Europe’s roads.

At the same time as gathering information which will later be shared with all TISPOL members, such as penalties issued and the number of collisions during the period of the campaign, Devon and Cornwall Police will as normal be actively policing the region’s roads.

Mark Leath, Road Casualty Reduction Officer for the area, said: “The Safer Roads Support Unit will be conducting speed checks at sites where there is a proven speed or collision issue. We will also be conducting operations around bike meets to deter speeding and anti-social riding.”

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Excessive or inappropriate speed is the principle contributor to fatal and serious injury collisions and one of the “fatal four”. The others are driving while under the influence of drink or drugs; not wearing seatbelts, and driver distraction such as using a mobile phone while at the wheel.

Richard Pryce, Roads Policing Unit Inspector, explained the different ways that speed contributes to collisions: “Invariably, speed has an influence in most collisions whether it is excessive which means just travelling too fast, or inappropriate which is travelling too fast for the circumstances or road conditions. Speed directly influences your stopping distance and so many collisions, especially rear-end impacts which are frequent, are easily avoidable simply by motorists applying the appropriate stopping distance from the car ahead relative to the speed at which they are travelling.

“A road may have a 30mph speed limit but this does not mean that is necessarily safe to drive at that speed when negotiating a bend or approaching a hazard. A speed limit is just that – a limit. It’s not to be seen as a target to achieve or a speed to maintain. It is the limit and the maximum speed which may be driven only when the conditions and circumstances allow.”

Inspector Pryce said that weather conditions must be considered in relation to speed: “Inclement weather when travelling on faster roads is also a consideration, as the 60 or 70mph speed limit may not be appropriate due to the conditions. Standing water can result in vehicles aqua-planing where the vehicle’s speed is perhaps within the limit but too high for the conditions.”

TISPOL acts as a platform for learning and exchange of good practice between the traffic police forces of Europe. Its activities are guided by research, intelligence, information and experience, and producing measurable results.

Koen Ricour, TISPOL President, said: “The TISPOL Organisation was established to improve road safety and law enforcement on the roads of Europe. Today, our commitment to achieving further reductions in deaths and serious injuries remains as strong as ever. We know that the enforcement of traffic law and education, where appropriate, will make a significant contribution to reducing the carnage on our roads.”

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  • merrythought  |  August 19 2014, 5:49PM

    As I thought in the Peak District between Buxton and Ashbourne a 20 mile stretch where the road dips in several places is notorious for motor cycles speeding sometimes as many as 100 at a time but it's the poor car driver who usually sticks to the limit or just over that gets caught. Lynton and Lynmouth is another bad spot as they drive out of the area,

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  • Stork  |  August 19 2014, 2:44PM

    merrythought A close friend of mine is a retired Police Chief Inspector. He told me that speed camera vans are almost always positioned to take photos of the front of the vehicle (head on) so that they may also capture the face of the offending driver. Motorcycles don't have front number plates, and the vans can't manoeuvre their cameras quickly enough, to take a photo of the motorcycle speeding off into the distance. The main problem with speeding motorcyclists is the continued reduction in Police patrol vehicles on the UK's roads. The patrol vehicles have been reduced in numbers by over 30% in the last decade or so. Many Police Forces now think that plonking a camera van on a fast road, is sufficient, in " policing" terms. Finally. Depending on which reports you read. Actual speeding, causes between 8% and 13% of all deaths on UK roads. Drinking causes about 25% of all road deaths, whilst drink/drugs causes about 35% of all UK road deaths. When people drink too much and then drive their car/van. What do they do, they normally drive slowly and obey all speed limits in an attempt not to get caught. How many drunk drivers pass speed camera vans with impunity ?

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  • merrythought  |  August 19 2014, 11:46AM

    Can anyone tell me if the speed cameras in a van can see the reg plates on a motor cycle because even when the cameras are around it does not seem to stop the speeding. This is not just a problen here it happens in most national parks. Here te bikes rev up at a terrific noise and we are still in a 30MPH limit.

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  • ndjtom  |  August 19 2014, 11:06AM

    Some motorcyclists are an absolute menace, it's no wonder so many of them get killed when they drive like they're trying to commit suicide.

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