Azara Blog: Another non-story about speeding drivers

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Date published: 2012/02/07

The BBC says:

Volunteers in Wiltshire have caught drivers speeding 15,000 times in the county in the last year.

Sixty Community Speed Watch groups are in force countywide and volunteers went out 1,700 times in 2011.

They monitor traffic speed, noting down details which are passed to police. Officers can then write to drivers.

Last year 11,700 letters were sent out resulting in 18 police cautions, six fixed penalty notices and three people were taken to court.
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Mrs Ngero [ Wiltshire's Community Speed Watch coordinator] admitted that some volunteers had been subjected to "negative" attitudes from drivers.

"What I would say to them is that they should be sticking to the law," she added.

"For some reason people feel like they have to break the law when it comes to speeding and that shouldn't be right."

Wow, a whole 15000 drivers "caught" from 1700 outings. That is less than 10 per outing. One could see that many speeding drivers on almost any road in Britain with any traffic in a matter of minutes. And the result: a whole "18 police cautions, six fixed penalty notices and three people were taken to court". This does not sound like the most significant outcome in the universe, given the effort put into it.

Of course Mrs Ngero has to promote the results because that is the entire point of her position. But her comments about drivers are silly. Drivers do not "feel like they have to break the law when it comes to speeding". They break the law when it comes to speeding because they think the speeding limits are too low. Period. Of course the people who set the limits think otherwise, which is why there is this perpetual war against drivers.

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