Threat to quit over lack of action on speeding drivers in Stansted
PUBLISHED: 08:08 03 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:08 03 January 2019
The community speed watch team in Stansted Mountfitchet have renewed their appeal for drivers to slow down after a car was clocked travelling at 62mph in a 30mph zone.
The Audi vehicle was seen travelling at more than double the limit in Church Road in the village on December 6 and Warren Vickers, a member of the speed watch team, is calling for tougher penalties for speeding drivers.
Mr Vickers said: “This road is narrow and used by mums with babies in push chairs and school kids. In places the pavement in only 18 inches wide.”
Mr Vickers said he would quit speed watch if no serious action was taken to fix the new police system that does the logging of speeding drivers.
“I believe that if we are very lucky and there is time the driver might get a knock on the door and a smacked wrist,” Mr Vickers said. “There are no prosecutions on community speed watch - only a letter sent.”
Mr Vickers is calling for “severe” penalties to stop drivers speeding in 30mph villages.
During the two-hour speed watch session on December 6, 55 drivers were clocked travelling at more than 35mph, including one driver travelling at 52mph and several at 45mph.
“Most drivers on seeing the speed watch signs and then the high visibility jackets we have to wear, do slow down,” Mr Vickers said. “There is a small minority that just floor it deliberately even though they have seen us. They do it because they know they can get away with it, or are just making a statement.
“Speed cameras and traffic calming measures do work but only for the 25 metres before and after. The driver that went past at 62mph had just passed a road obstacle about 100 metres back.
“Being an old sceptic, I don’t think you can stop these idiots. The penalties would have to be so severe and inflicted so often as to make it non-viable. The same goes for traffic calming measures.”
In September, another member of the speed watch team, Ray Woodcock, appealed to drivers to slow down after clocking a driver travelling at 53mph in the same spot where a teenage girl was knocked down and killed a few years ago.