WOODFORD GREEN: Residents slam police speed operation

A POLICE operation to catch speeding drivers was branded a farce.

Officers found 14 per cent of motorists in Hillside Avenue, Woodford Green, broke the 30mph speed limit during the friday evening operation, which took place between 5pm and 7pm.

Six officers recorded 253 vehicles on July 22, but concluded speeding was ‘below expectations’ and no worse than on other roads.

Police admitted residents expressed concerns at the timing of the operation, saying most of the speeding happens later at night, and questioned a decision by officers to wear high-visibility jackets, which could be spotted from distance.

Roger Farmdon, who lives in the road, said: “The whole operation was meaningless - a farce.

“Motorcyclists and some car drivers come down our road at above 60mph. It doesn’t happen all the time but very regularly and it’s quite frankly very dangerous.”

Sgt Chris Chandler said: "[We]conducted a routine speed gun operation based on the concerns of local residents, some of whom were present during the operation as observers.

"The sighting and timing of the operation were based on what we were told. At no point prior to the operation did anyone suggest to us the problem was worse in one direction rather than the other, otherwise this would have been taken into account.

"Obviously we will take these concerns on board as the reason we conducted the operation in the first place was to address the small number of complaints we had received.

"I make no apology for looking at traffic speeding towards an area of greater pedestrian density with shops and a tube station during peak times ... this appeared logical to me based on the facts we were given."

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1:12pm Sun 31 Jul 11

Morris Hickey says...

Police apathy gone mad.
Police apathy gone mad. Morris Hickey

9:22am Mon 1 Aug 11

Harry's boy says...

Well speeding isn't really a crime to the police, as it's only the local residents (TAXPAYERS) who are affected. We have a flashing sign in our village, and it's probably due new bulbs by now, as they must be worn right out with all the flashing they do. Standing by the side of the road (in itself a dangerous occupation!), I would say that at least 50% of cars light it up. There have been two separate articles where they've talked about getting speeding drivers to talk to the kids they might kill, or get three points on their licence. Of course lots of remorse and tears are shed, until the next day, when they're out speeding again. The ONLY way to slow drivers down is the create barriers - speed bumps, roundabouts, traffic lights, width restrictions, etc. Drivers are always in a hurry now - commuters late for work, mothers late to pick up their babies, van drivers pressured to make one more delivery, etc. Either we remove all speed limits, or we enforce them rigourously.
Well speeding isn't really a crime to the police, as it's only the local residents (TAXPAYERS) who are affected. We have a flashing sign in our village, and it's probably due new bulbs by now, as they must be worn right out with all the flashing they do. Standing by the side of the road (in itself a dangerous occupation!), I would say that at least 50% of cars light it up. There have been two separate articles where they've talked about getting speeding drivers to talk to the kids they might kill, or get three points on their licence. Of course lots of remorse and tears are shed, until the next day, when they're out speeding again. The ONLY way to slow drivers down is the create barriers - speed bumps, roundabouts, traffic lights, width restrictions, etc. Drivers are always in a hurry now - commuters late for work, mothers late to pick up their babies, van drivers pressured to make one more delivery, etc. Either we remove all speed limits, or we enforce them rigourously. Harry's boy

10:14am Mon 1 Aug 11

Thunderbird4 says...

A few drivers speed, and the rest of us have to pay for it, by having to go too slow, to avoid our vehicles being ruined by speed bumps. Generally, it's young people who drive faster than most, in inappropriate places and conditions; which is probably why their insurance is very much more than mine. (Almost a pensioner.)
A few drivers speed, and the rest of us have to pay for it, by having to go too slow, to avoid our vehicles being ruined by speed bumps. Generally, it's young people who drive faster than most, in inappropriate places and conditions; which is probably why their insurance is very much more than mine. (Almost a pensioner.) Thunderbird4

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