01 JUL 2016

Greg calls for Speedwatch data to be used to help determine location of fixed speed cameras

Greg invited Kent's new Police & Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, along with local County, Borough and Parish Councillors, to meet with members of Hawkhurst Speedwatch to press the case for changing the policy on the installation of fixed speed cameras.

Hawkhurst Speedwatch has observed the highest proportion of speeders compared to any other Speedwatch scheme in the whole of Kent - they would like fixed speed cameras to be installed to deter drivers from breaking the speed limit.

 

Greg commented: "Speeding traffic has a significant impact on the life of a community and I think it is time to look again at whether we are using the right methodology to determine where fixed speed cameras are installed.

"At the moment, the criteria for installing speed cameras is based on the number of fatal or serious accidents along a particular stretch of road. Speedwatch provides accurate information on where people are regularly breaking the speed limit and I think this also needs to be taken into account.

"Matthew Scott and all the local councillors agree that it is time to make a case for change and we will work together to try and make this happen."

Kent's Police & Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott said: "I don't think it is unreasonable for the concerns of local residents, when those concerns are backed up by reliable data, to be used in deciding where fixed speed cameras are placed. So, while of course we can't make any promises at this stage, I will be discussing the existing policy with chief officers at Kent Police and the Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership to see whether there is scope for it to be modified."

Hawkhurst has the highest combined score (47/60) of any Speedwatch scheme in Kent (the next highest is 37/60). This score is based on the number of speeders observed per active session day, the proportion of excessive speeders and the proportion of advice letters generated.

During 2014 and 2015, Hawkhurst Speedwatch recorded the highest number of speeders in Kent (8,453 compared with 7,349 for the next highest scheme).

Six of the eight highest speeders recorded throughout Kent in 40mph zones were in Hawkhurst.

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