Residents urged to help with crackdown on speeding

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As part of ongoing efforts to tackle the issue of speeding vehicles, Cheshire Police is taking part in a Europe-wide speed enforcement operation this week.

Sergeant Andy Jones said: "Speed is a major cause of serious and sometimes fatal road crashes. The speed limit is there for a reason and that's what we want to remind people.

"As a roads policing officer, I deal with speeding on a daily basis and I've heard every excuse - from running late to not realising what the speed limit was.

"But the simple fact is it doesn't matter how experienced a driver you are, it's just not worth the risk.

"The faster you drive a car the longer it'll take you to stop. If you don't stop in time then you were travelling too fast. The faster you hit something, the greater the effect of that impact."

As part of the operation officers from the Force Roads Policing Team will be conducting speed enforcement activity on a number of major routes across the county.

Meanwhile, Police Community Support Officers will be undertaking speed checks on roads where concerns have been raised by local residents and in places where young children may run out in the road or unsuspecting pedestrians cross believing it to be safe.

David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: "Road safety is a major concern for many of the residents that I represent across Cheshire, and I am pleased to see that the constabulary is taking part in this crack down."

As part of the operation officers are keen for local residents to get involved, either by joining a local Speed Watch group or by logging on to the Cheshire police website and reporting concerns or issues over speeding in their communities.

Any intelligence received will reviewed by officers, who will look to see what action can be taken and work with the local authority to see if measures can put in place to combat the issue.

Sergeant Andy Jones added: "While this operation is only running for one week, we take the same approach to inappropriate speed all year round and anyone who breaks the law will be dealt with in the most appropriate manner."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Nik Eastwood
Tuesday 7th August 2018 at 5:24 pm
some of the people I see zooming through handforth village in an evening is shocking
Pat Langan
Wednesday 8th August 2018 at 5:26 pm
I agree! And also there is a motorbike which zooms along Wilmslow Road, Handforth, at great speed, but can never get outside quick enough to get details of it!
Frank Maltby
Wednesday 8th August 2018 at 5:31 pm
Yes speeding is something that needs controlling, but in Wilmslow it would be a good thing if we could drive at normal speeds due to the ridiculous parking of cars etc around Wilmslow.

Cars are just dumped around the town causing roads to come down to single lane making driving very hazardous, people with prams, pedestrian's cant pass in some places and having to go into the road to get by thus putting themselves in danger.

We used to have traffic wardens which if we had now would eliminate this problem, love em or hate them they did serve a purpose.

Get it sorted. Wilmslow!!!
Janet Taylor
Wednesday 8th August 2018 at 10:16 pm
Think they might have chosen the wrong time to do this, if anyone can get up to....let alone over.....the speed limit in this area at the moment I'll be absolutely amazed
Wendy Falk
Thursday 9th August 2018 at 9:30 am
I hold my hands up, I'm not perfect, but I do try to stick to the speed limits around residential areas (unless I am at a standstill due to numerous parked cars near corners, but that's another issue).

However, it makes me cringe when I hear motorbikes/high performance cars travelling/racing at ridiculous speeds late at night along the A34. It happens virtually every night but never a Police car in sight - why don't they put up a temporary speed camera on the A34 near Alderley Edge in the evening?!

Not only is it highly dangerous, the hazard signs on the round-a-bouts are constantly being obliterated, so there's the cost of repairing these (and more hold-ups while they close the lanes - sigh) AND the cost to the NHS if an ambulance is called! Why do we only have speed cameras in areas that are likely to catch motorists unwittingly doing just over the speed limit, near John Lewis/Sainsbury's and not at the other end of the A34.

Don't get me wrong, there are set speed limits, so speeding is speeding, but it seems unfair to catch people regularly who inadvertently speed and not catch people who are obviously doing it regularly on purpose because they know they won't get caught...

Rant over - sorry everyone, but it just bugs me!
David Smith
Friday 10th August 2018 at 7:30 am
For those of you who have posted about car parking in Wilmslow: this post is about SPEEDING. Please keep to the thread and make as many comments on PARKING as you wish but do them in the many posts on that subject that appear elsewhere on
WENDY FALK: Speeding is speeding and to suggest that it "seems unfair to catch people regularly who inadvertently speed" rather puts the police in an unfortunate situation of deciding who these "inadvertent" speeders are. It would also then be an excuse for speeding - "sorry officer but I did it inadvertently, so deserve to be let off!" Also speed cameras are machines and not yet intelligent enough to discene those who are speeding "inadvertently". There is only one way you might get away with a caution - and I'm not going to tell anyone because if you are speeding then you are GUILTY, so shut up and pay up.
Frank Maltby
Friday 10th August 2018 at 1:11 pm
DAVID SMITH: Yes there is a thread relating to PARKING but when I read the column the PARKING thread was lower down in the list and I didn't see the PARKING thread till later, hence my post, but my point on speeding is still relevant as far as I'm concerned.
Wendy Falk
Friday 17th August 2018 at 2:21 pm
David Smith: I would like to hear from anyone on here who always sticks perfectly 100% of the time to the exact speed. My point was that there is admittedly incidental 'creeping over the limit' and blatant disregard for life or limb on certain roads with ridiculous and very dangerous excess speeding. My point did, in fact, actually use the words "speeding is speeding" too, so please don't waste your breath/fingers responding to serious comments in this fashion, it's really not necessary!