Suffolk Roadsafe partners’ approaches to tackling speeding concerns.
Suffolk’s Police carry out proactive speed enforcement where there is an evidence based need. In addition, the sites where such requirement for proactive enforcement is identified will be publicised on the force internet to ensure the communities of Suffolk are aware of the sites that are causing concern and allow people to address their own driving behaviour.
Where drivers are caught speeding, they will be treated fairly in accordance with national guidelines, ensuring they are provided alternatives to prosecution where appropriate. Officers will also react to situations where, as part of their routine patrol, they observe drivers exceeding speed limits.
Information about Suffolk Police’s operational approach to speeding can be found on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website at http://www.suffolk-pcc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/The-Operational-Approach-to-Speed-Enforcement.pdf
Complaints about speeding may arise from the community, elected representatives, parish councils and Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
The Police will respond by using of Speed Data Recorders (SDR) to provide an evidence base for operational activity. In other words, it provides tangible data to either prove or disprove that speeding is of concern. If there is a measurable concern the approach will be encourage the development of Community Speedwatch to empower local communities to be involved in speed reduction. If community activity highlights high levels of non-compliance then this may lead to enforcement.
Community complaints are dealt with in a number of ways utilising local police officers trained in the use of the speed enforcement device. Specialist roads policing officers will provide advice and support where approriate.
Specialist officers are tasked on a daily basis to patrol specific areas at key times. Proactive speed enforcement using speed detection devices will only take place during these tasks if those areas are also on the sanctioned enforcement lists. However, officers may very well have to deal with any driver they witness speeding as part of this targeted patrol.
Additionally, both local officers and specialist roads policing officers will target specific towns and villages in areas determined through the speed detection deployment plan. The operation that will target not only the ‘fatal four’ (speeding, drink driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt) but will also address community concerns relating to anti-social driver or rider behaviour, including cyclists riding on pavements or noise nuisance from stationary vehicles.
Suffolk SafeCam operates a number of mobile enforcement vehicles, which are deployed across the county of Suffolk.
Since its introduction in 2003, the Suffolk Safety Camera operation has contributed to the reduction of road casualties and collisions throughout the county.
Proactive speed enforcement only takes place in Suffolk at locations or stretches of road where there is an on-going risk of collisions, based on collision data at each site over the past five years – or where there have been substantiated complaints from local people.
As well as mobile enforcement vehicles, Suffolk has two operational fixed camera sites - on the A140 at Coddenham and A12 at Benhall – which protect cross-over junctions on two busy stretches of road.
Locations where proactive speed enforcement takes place will be reviewed regularly by senior officers and are displayed weekly at http://www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/roadsafety/safecam.aspx
The Community Enforcement Officer’s role will be to visit those more rural locations across Suffolk where data has shown there are accident or speeding issues – the aim of the officer is to prevent speeding by enforcement – thus making the roads safer.
Requests for the officer/van will be taken to a monthly tasking group where deployment is decided upon by priority – based on data and or specific requests from local parish councils/communities.
To contact the Community Enforcement Officers, email: CTOTeamLeader@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
The Community Speed Watch initiative allows members of the community to address the issue of speeding by becoming actively involved in road safety, monitoring speeds at safe locations with speed detection equipment.
It addresses the problem of speeding through the joint work of the police, local community, parish councils and other partners.
The aim is not to catch as many speeding drivers as possible but to reduce speed in areas of concern.
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Community Speed Watch informs drivers that excessive speed is socially unacceptable and helps to re-educate drivers about the dangers of speeding while addressing concerns from local residents about cars speeding through their neighbourhoods.
Police forces across the country implementing the initiative can show a reduction in overall average speeds, and a significant reduction in drivers travelling well above the speed limit, which highlights the benefits of the scheme.
How it works
– Trained volunteers verify and record the registration numbers of offending vehicles.
– These details are forwarded to Suffolk Police who will send offenders a letter.
– A maximum of two letters will be sent to offenders.
– Persistent offenders may be targeted for police enforcement.
– Follow-up work on education and enforcement by Suffolk Police and our partners will also take place when appropriate.
– If you require further information about the scheme, please visit http://www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/roadsafety/knowthelaw/speeding/communityspeedwatch.aspx
Ten mobile, tripod-mounted, signs have been loaned to 30 Community Speedwatch groups around the county. The signs are used to enhance their existing Speedwatch activities. A group will have a sign for three to four weeks and then pass it on to their neighbouring group. Community Speedwatch co-ordinators wishing to learn more about the scheme, please contact email@example.com
Suffolk Council Council's Cabinet agreed to a new policy on speed limits in December 2014. This policy has been developed to consider whether changes to existing speed limits are appropriate or not and give guidance on speed limits for any new roads. It has been developed following engagement of key stakeholders by the Roads and Transport Policy Development Panel which is a cross party group of Councillors and will be kept under review.
There is a separate policy for 20mph limits and this policy covers all other limits. The policy does not consider directly issues of enforcement, publicity, engineering/ environmental measures or other measures to improve compliance.
The Council deals with requests to change speed limits from Parish, Town, Borough or District Councils. Individuals requesting changes to a speed limit, should seek support from the above before submitting a request.
A number of factors need to be taken into account before changing a limit, such as the nature of the road, impact on local residents, activity on the side of the road, collision history, cost of implementation, traffic delays, impact on vulnerable road users, the environment and public anxiety. The view of the Police will also be sought before changes are made. The legal process to change a limit can take approximately nine months. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Council has agreed unless in exceptional circumstances, locations will not be considered for 20mph schemes where any of the following apply:
– They are on A or B class roads.
– Have existing mean speeds above 30 mph.
– There is no significant community support as assessed by the local County Councillor.
In assessing community support, Councillors should review the views of District, Town and Parish Councils and give weight to petitions and local residents’ views.
Locations will then only be considered for 20 mph limits or zones if two out of three of the following criteria are met:
– Current mean speeds are at or below 24 mph
– There is a depth of residential development and evidence of pedestrian and cyclist movements within the area.
– There is a record of injury accidents (based on police accident data) within the area within the last five years.
Locations within conservation areas and other areas of high visual amenity will not normally be considered suitable for sign only 20mph limits unless there will be minimal adverse visual impact. In these areas any 20mph restrictions will normally be through 20mph zones. For more information, please contact email@example.com A copy of the report to Cabinet setting out the policy can be found at https://democracy.ipswich.gov.uk/documents/s7102/CAC-13-22%20Appendix%201%20-%20SCC%20-%2020mph%20Speed%20Limts%20-%20Policy%20Criteria%20Report.pdf
The Council set up a Policy Development Panel in Spring 2014 to report on speed limits. The Panel will be carrying out site visits and examining key witnesses before preparing a full report for Cabinet later this year.
Suffolk Police has adopted the national guidelines for the offer of educational alternatives to prosecution. This means that, if a driver is identified as having exceeded the posted speed limit but at a speed that falls within the national threshold, he/she may be offered the opportunity to attend an educational training course at their own expense as an alternative to a fixed penalty notice and endorsement (points) on their driving licence. This offer can be made only once in a three year period – any subsequent offence will be dealt with either by fixed penalty or through the courts as appropriate.
The Council can introduce measures to try to encourage motorists to drive within the speed limit. However funding will only be available for this type of work where it can be justified in terms of accident reduction. Before any works are carried out, the existing signing and road markings are checked to ensure they meet the current standards. The personal injury record for a location is checked to see whether funding can be made available to carry out works.
Speed management can include:
– Entry Treatments/Gateways;
– Rumble Strips;
– Carriageway speed limit roundels;
– Road narrowings;
– Priority Systems;
– General signing and road markings;
– Vehicular Activated Signs.
All of the above may have some success in reducing speed, however, all of these measures can have negative effects on the environment in terms of the visual appearance and noise pollution. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner have devised a community strategy to tackle speeding concerns. The strategy supports community solutions including community speedwatch, parish and town councils wishing to purchase SIDs and temporary VAS. For more information, download "Working together to reduce speeding".
page last updated: 31/10/2016