East Devon: Police catch 116 speeding drives in 24 hours

By Kate Baxter

31st Aug 2023 | Local News

A Devon and Cornwall Police speed detection officer (Devon and Cornwall Police)
A Devon and Cornwall Police speed detection officer (Devon and Cornwall Police)

Devon and Cornwall Police have responded to public concerns about speeding drivers in East Devon by carrying out a number of high-visibility patrols. 

The A3052 connects with the A375 through Honiton and runs between Sidmouth and Charmouth in Dorset. The road has been identified by police as a 'high-harm route', due to the number of accidents on the road in recent years. 

Between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2022, there were 63 road traffic accidents on the A3052 in Devon alone. The accidents resulted in 102 casualties; 16 of whom suffered serious injuries and four individuals who died. 

Road Policing Officers have been working alongside Local Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Special Constables, Speed Detection Officers and community groups to carry out increased speed checks. 

During a 24 hour period, the teams recorded:

  • 116 vehicles driving at excessive speed
  • 12 documentation offences
  • 28 drivers reported for other offences
  • 4 drivers arrested
  • 5 vehicles seized by Police
  • 48 drivers were given advice or guidance.

Adrian Leisk, Head of Road Safety for Devon & Cornwall Police and chair of the Vision Zero South West enforcement group, said: "Speed is a major contributory factor in fatal and serious road collisions. Driving or riding too fast gives you less time to react and greatly increases the severity of injuries when a collision occurs.

"We know that speeding is a regularly reported concern for communities in Devon and Cornwall, and we want to make it clear that we are absolutely committed to reducing casualties and keeping our roads safe."

There were 47 people fatalities and 738 serious injuries in 2022 on Devon and Cornwall's roads, a number which the police wish to half by 2030 and drop to zero by 2040. 

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