Jersey joins Europe-wide crackdown on speeding

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Both the States and honorary forces are involved in the week-long initiative which has also led to hundreds of drivers being stopped and given verbal warnings.

On Monday night St Saviour’s honorary police conducted 16 hours of continuous speed checks at two locations. Six people have been summoned to appear at parish hall inquiries.

A further 14 people are facing action after being caught elsewhere in the Island.

And Trinity Centenier Steve Gallichan has revealed that some drivers have been recorded travelling at more than 80 mph in his parish during recent months.

Meanwhile, a 49-year-old woman has appeared in the Magistrate’s Court after she was allegedly caught driving at nearly 4½ times the legal alcohol limit on Victoria Avenue on Monday afternoon.

Speaking about his force’s 16-hour speed check in St Saviour, Centenier Stephen Laffoley-Edwards said that they had recorded one motorist travelling at 45 mph in a 30 mph zone on Route de Maufant.

‘We had 146 drivers who were stopped and given words of advice and six people were reported to appear at the parish hall inquiry,’ he said.

‘We give people words of advice when their speed is deemed fast enough to warrant stopping, but not serious enough to enter them into the parish hall system.

‘In total, about 800 vehicles passed through our speed checks and we had ten officers out on shifts throughout the night.’

Mr Laffoley-Edwards added that his force also carried out four hours of checks on Longueville Road from 9 pm to 1 am but did not need to report anyone.

‘We had some really good feedback from cyclists and pedestrians in the morning as they were making their way to work with quite a few going past saying “thank you very much”, which was quite nice,’ he said.

‘It is mainly an awareness campaign – it is not all about prosecuting people. If we can get one driver abiding by the speed limits, then everyone else driving behind them will need to drive at the speed limit too.

‘So far it has been a success and I am really pleased with how it is going.’

Meanwhile in Trinity, honorary officers conducted their first speed checks of the week on Monday night but did not need to report anyone.

However, Centenier Steve Gallichan said that a small number of drivers had been recorded travelling at more than 70 mph and 80 mph by ‘smiley face’ signs in recent months, along with six motorists who were captured travelling at around 50 mph.

However, the signs only record the speed of vehicles and the time at which they passed and cannot be used for prosecution.

Mr Gallichan said: ‘It is very concerning to myself and other officers. It is extremely dangerous to other people and animals in the parish, particularly as a lot of roads in Trinity do not have pavements.

‘It is a problem that does need addressing and it is an Islandwide issue and is not just isolated to our parish.’

According to the States police’s latest annual report, officers dealt with 588 speeding offences and 1,251 road traffic collisions in 2016.

Officers from both the States and honorary police forces will continue to carry out a heightened number of speed checks across the Island for the remainder of the week.

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