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Rise in public support for speed cameras

The latest British Social Attitudes Survey has found that support for speed cameras has risen significantly over the past decade, in spite of the belief they are money-making devices.
Agreement with the proposition that ‘speed cameras save lives’ rose from a low of 42% in 2005 to 56% in 2016, while disagreement fell from 31% to a low of 19% over the same time.
Nearly half of respondents said speed cameras are mostly there to make money but only a third (32%) said that there are too many, the lowest point in the last decade.

Speed limits

You must not drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road and your type of vehicle. The speed limit is the absolute maximum – it doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive at this speed in all conditions. Further details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/speed-limits

Driver found guilty of perverting the course of justice

Laser jammer driver found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Tougher fines for speeding drivers

From April 2017 year drivers who break the speed limit will face tougher penalties.

New guidelines have been issued to district judges and magistrates and will apply to all offenders aged 18 and older.

Read more at http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/judges-will-soon-be-dishing-out-tougher-penalties-for-speeding-drivers/story-30085857-detail/story.html#FsqkmoQshZFkyR1P.99

More efficient enforcement on our unlit roads

New infra red lamps will be deployed on our mobile camera vans from Monday 23rd January to increase the ability to record excessive vehicle speeds on our unlit roads.

Over 54000 speeding offences recorded in 2016

The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40 mph compared to 30 mph and it is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as a third of all fatal collisions.

Leicestershire Police are regularly attending accidents where someone is killed or seriously injured – excessive speed is a major factor in most of these crashes.

Red light camera catches more offences than any in the country

A traffic camera in Leicester catches more people driving through red lights than any other in the country.
The camera – on the A563 Soar Valley Way in Enderby – snapped 6,036 motorists going through red in the past 12 months.

THINK! relaunches ‘Country Roads’ campaign

Our figures show that 37% of fatalities since the start of 2015 occurred on 60mph roads (33 in total). On all roads (inc motorways) at or above 50mph it is 60% (53 in total) – a similar figure to the national 59% quoted on the Road safety GB website.

Driver convicted of exceeding temporary motorway 50mph speed restriction

Mr David Pardington admitted travelling at 67mph on 8 January 2016 at the M1/M6/A14 Catthorpe Interchange in Leicestershire but pleaded not guilty as he did not believe that the TTRO (Temporary Traffic Regulation Order) in place for the temporary 50mph speed restriction was still lawfully in force.

Prior to commencing enforcement at the site in 2014, Leicestershire Police had asked RSS to check the draft TTRO and as a result of that, several changes were made to make it more robust. The TTRO came into force on 26 April 2014 and was valid for longer than the usual 18 month maximum as it was acknowledged that the works would take longer than this.

TTRO Challenge

On receipt of the TTRO challenge from Mr Pardington, Leicestershire Police asked RSS to assist with the case and Ian Duncan, Independent Specialist Adviser produced an expert report and attended court to give evidence.

The 9 page TTRO was by necessity complicated but Ian was satisfied that it was properly made, did cover all the required roads and did lawfully impose the 50mph speed restriction as intended and as enforced. Mr Pardington argued on 4 grounds that the TTRO could not be relied upon:

1) The TTRO was not being used for the purpose intended. TTRO was for ‘works’ and there were no works taking place.
2) The location of the alleged offence as incompatible with the TTRO.
3) The TTRO was effectively discharged where his alleged offence was detected as the works were complete on that bit.
4) The TTRO had expired.

Appropriate Signing

Ian dealt with all these points in his report and in evidence and was able to demonstrate that the TTRO was being used as intended – even Mr Pardington admitted there was a lane coned off with appropriate signing in place.

Although the charge referred to a description not contained ‘word for word’ in the TTRO, it was a location covered by the TTRO and Mr Pardington knew where it was and had easily been able to work out which part of the TTRO applied to it. The TTRO had not expired and signing on site indicated it was still in force. Mr Pardington withdrew the 4th ground rather than explain to the court why he believed the TTRO had expired.

Ian’s Evidence Accepted In Full

At Leicester Magistrates’ Court on 5 October 2016, the magistrates convicted Mr Pardington saying that they had heard expert evidence from Mr Duncan which was “clear and detailed” and which they “accept in full”. He was fined £1,200 with a victim surcharge of £120 and costs of £620. His clean licence was endorsed with 4 penalty points.

Post court note: Although this was an offence on a section of motorway, where the maximum fine would normally be £2,500 (level 4), the maximum for exceeding a temporary speed restriction made under section 14 RTRA is an offence contrary to section 16 and the maximum should therefore be £1,000 (level 3). The mistake is being drawn to the attention of HMCTS by RSS and will have to be corrected under the “slip rule”.