Drivers have been caught smashing speed limits across Hampshire

Daily Echo: Motorists have been caught at high speed in Hampshire. Motorists have been caught at high speed in Hampshire.

RECKLESS drivers on Hampshire’s roads have been caught hitting speeds as high at 122mph, it has been revealed.

Shocking figures show that 122mph was the top speed recorded by the county’s speed cameras by a driver racing along the A31, which runs through the New Forest.

Other irresponsible drivers putting lives at risk were clocked smashing speed limits across the county, including one who was snared driving more than 70mph through Southampton city centre.

Road safety campaigners have urged for more speed cameras to be used in speeding hot spots, as well as tougher punishments for those who continue to ignore the legal limits.

Hampshire Police released the five fastest speeds recorded by speeds cameras between April 2013 and May this year.

Topping the chart was a driver hitting 122mph along the A31, which has a speed limit of 70mph, with another clocking 110mph on the speed dial on the A34, another 70mph road which run through the north of Winchester.

The A33 in Southampton recorded two of the top five speeds, with one motorists driving through the 50mph zone at 97mph and another hitting 73mph where the road has a 30mph limit.

The fifth fastest speed was picked up on the A3024 in Southampton, where a driver was caught doing 70mph instead of the 30mph limit.

This is the site of a notorious speed camera, where motorists have coughed up more than £1.3m in the past three years.

The Daily Echo revealed last August how the camera, on the A3024 Maybray King Way near Bitterne centre, trapped 21,792 drivers since 2010.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists obtained the figures through a Freedom of Information request, which revealed the highest speed recorded in the UK was 149mph by a motorist on the M25 in Kent.

Peter Rodger, head of driving standards at the road safety charity, said the results proved that drivers were clearly not getting the message that speeding kills and urged for more speed cameras in black spots, plus tougher punishments.

He added: “We need to make people think they’re not going to get away with it.

“It’s dangerous and irresponsible and it’s risking the lives of both themselves and all the people around them.

“Emergency services spend a fortune to cope with driving at these speeds and the average person doesn’t have that kind of training.”

A Hampshire Police spokesman said it dedicated a large amount of officer time to speed prevention focusing on education and enforcement.

She added: “Our message is very simple - speeding kills. You put yourself and other road users at risk.

“Driving at such excessive speeds as given in your examples is absolutely unacceptable and you will be prosecuted to the full strength of the laws available to us.”

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6:22am Wed 28 May 14

townieboy says...

Speed isnt the main concern id say it was stupid drivers who dont use their mirrors and are impatient that cause 9o % of accidents.
Speed isnt the main concern id say it was stupid drivers who dont use their mirrors and are impatient that cause 9o % of accidents. townieboy
  • Score: -29

7:01am Wed 28 May 14

AFrustratedCyclist says...

townieboy wrote:
Speed isnt the main concern id say it was stupid drivers who dont use their mirrors and are impatient that cause 9o % of accidents.
And using mobile phones, especially texting which I see on the road just about every day sadly. I've challenged a few before and asked them to put it down and every time have got an ear full of abuse and excuses!
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Speed isnt the main concern id say it was stupid drivers who dont use their mirrors and are impatient that cause 9o % of accidents.[/p][/quote]And using mobile phones, especially texting which I see on the road just about every day sadly. I've challenged a few before and asked them to put it down and every time have got an ear full of abuse and excuses! AFrustratedCyclist
  • Score: 65

7:02am Wed 28 May 14

AFrustratedCyclist says...

And using mobile phones, especially texting which I see on the road just about every day sadly. I've challenged a few before and asked them to put it down and every time have got an ear full of abuse and excuses!
And using mobile phones, especially texting which I see on the road just about every day sadly. I've challenged a few before and asked them to put it down and every time have got an ear full of abuse and excuses! AFrustratedCyclist
  • Score: 14

7:03am Wed 28 May 14

AFrustratedCyclist says...

And using mobile phones, especially texting which I see on the road just about every day sadly. I've challenged a few before and asked them to put it down and every time have got an ear full of abuse and excuses!
And using mobile phones, especially texting which I see on the road just about every day sadly. I've challenged a few before and asked them to put it down and every time have got an ear full of abuse and excuses! AFrustratedCyclist
  • Score: 6

7:26am Wed 28 May 14

bigfella777 says...

GPS speed limiters should be fitted as standard by now
GPS speed limiters should be fitted as standard by now bigfella777
  • Score: -26

7:28am Wed 28 May 14

miltonarcher says...

More focus on tailgating. Cause of so many accidents.
More focus on tailgating. Cause of so many accidents. miltonarcher
  • Score: 24

7:48am Wed 28 May 14

funchal says...

Lack of concentration is the main problem along with the texting and mobile phone. I also see everyday couples in the car talking and arguing and the driver is not looking out of the windscreen..
Lack of concentration is the main problem along with the texting and mobile phone. I also see everyday couples in the car talking and arguing and the driver is not looking out of the windscreen.. funchal
  • Score: 29

8:21am Wed 28 May 14

country bird says...

Speeding and wreckless driving kills
Speeding and wreckless driving kills country bird
  • Score: 14

8:25am Wed 28 May 14

WotMeWorry says...

So, correct me if I'm wrong, most posters appear to be condoning excessive speed? Comments mainly concern texting whilst driving etc. and, whilst I am in fuill agreement that something needs to be done about this, surely 70mph in a 30mph limit is dangerous in anyones book?
So, correct me if I'm wrong, most posters appear to be condoning excessive speed? Comments mainly concern texting whilst driving etc. and, whilst I am in fuill agreement that something needs to be done about this, surely 70mph in a 30mph limit is dangerous in anyones book? WotMeWorry
  • Score: 33

9:03am Wed 28 May 14

wwozzer says...

I don't condone excessive speed and speeding in built up areas is totally stupid but I suspect some of these were on motorways or dual carriageways in the early hours when the roads were clear.

I also see far to many police cars driving dangerously in built up areas, I don't see the point risking people's lives driving double the speed limit in built up areas just to catch a shoplifter.
I don't condone excessive speed and speeding in built up areas is totally stupid but I suspect some of these were on motorways or dual carriageways in the early hours when the roads were clear. I also see far to many police cars driving dangerously in built up areas, I don't see the point risking people's lives driving double the speed limit in built up areas just to catch a shoplifter. wwozzer
  • Score: 13

9:28am Wed 28 May 14

From the sidelines says...

WotMeWorry wrote:
So, correct me if I'm wrong, most posters appear to be condoning excessive speed? Comments mainly concern texting whilst driving etc. and, whilst I am in fuill agreement that something needs to be done about this, surely 70mph in a 30mph limit is dangerous in anyones book?
Speed is not the primary cause of most crashes. However, speed traps are easy to implement and a good source of revenue.

Not everything that counts can be counted.
Not everything that can be counted counts.
[quote][p][bold]WotMeWorry[/bold] wrote: So, correct me if I'm wrong, most posters appear to be condoning excessive speed? Comments mainly concern texting whilst driving etc. and, whilst I am in fuill agreement that something needs to be done about this, surely 70mph in a 30mph limit is dangerous in anyones book?[/p][/quote]Speed is not the primary cause of most crashes. However, speed traps are easy to implement and a good source of revenue. Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted counts. From the sidelines
  • Score: 2

9:30am Wed 28 May 14

one in a million says...

Excess speed seems to be the norm; I don't have a speed camera but it is so obvious that the majority of people ignore speed limits through our towns and villages. It isn't just cars, lorries and buses too.

All we have is some happy clappy system were drivers get a letter if they are caught - should be a fine every time and many more speed cameras especially outside schools, Botley Road is like a race track past the schools in fair oak and not a copper or speed camera in sight.
Excess speed seems to be the norm; I don't have a speed camera but it is so obvious that the majority of people ignore speed limits through our towns and villages. It isn't just cars, lorries and buses too. All we have is some happy clappy system were drivers get a letter if they are caught - should be a fine every time and many more speed cameras especially outside schools, Botley Road is like a race track past the schools in fair oak and not a copper or speed camera in sight. one in a million
  • Score: -1

9:50am Wed 28 May 14

From the sidelines says...

one in a million wrote:
Excess speed seems to be the norm; I don't have a speed camera but it is so obvious that the majority of people ignore speed limits through our towns and villages. It isn't just cars, lorries and buses too.

All we have is some happy clappy system were drivers get a letter if they are caught - should be a fine every time and many more speed cameras especially outside schools, Botley Road is like a race track past the schools in fair oak and not a copper or speed camera in sight.
If speed per se was dangerous, our motorways would be the most dangerous roads. They're not, they're the safest.

Speed is considered a convenient proxy for bad driving. It's not. And in the case of Botley Road, during school travel times, it is simply too busy to exceed the speed limit. At other times, it's a straight road with good sightlines, so the speed limit is artificially low.
[quote][p][bold]one in a million[/bold] wrote: Excess speed seems to be the norm; I don't have a speed camera but it is so obvious that the majority of people ignore speed limits through our towns and villages. It isn't just cars, lorries and buses too. All we have is some happy clappy system were drivers get a letter if they are caught - should be a fine every time and many more speed cameras especially outside schools, Botley Road is like a race track past the schools in fair oak and not a copper or speed camera in sight.[/p][/quote]If speed per se was dangerous, our motorways would be the most dangerous roads. They're not, they're the safest. Speed is considered a convenient proxy for bad driving. It's not. And in the case of Botley Road, during school travel times, it is simply too busy to exceed the speed limit. At other times, it's a straight road with good sightlines, so the speed limit is artificially low. From the sidelines
  • Score: 1

10:50am Wed 28 May 14

Frank28 says...

The A31 is a notorious road for exceeding the speed limit. I heard of a supercar that managed to outrun a Police car on this stretch of road that had been chasing it from the M3 (before they installed the speed cameras!)
The A31 is a notorious road for exceeding the speed limit. I heard of a supercar that managed to outrun a Police car on this stretch of road that had been chasing it from the M3 (before they installed the speed cameras!) Frank28
  • Score: 3

11:22am Wed 28 May 14

Torchie1 says...

Frank28 wrote:
The A31 is a notorious road for exceeding the speed limit. I heard of a supercar that managed to outrun a Police car on this stretch of road that had been chasing it from the M3 (before they installed the speed cameras!)
I'd be interested to know the locations of speed cameras on the M3 or the A31, I've driven along that route on many occasions without seeing one. Unless things have changed, there is still a policy of keeping motorways and major trunk roads free of fixed cameras (outside of road work locations) except on the M25 where there is a permanent variable system that can't legally generate prosecutions.
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: The A31 is a notorious road for exceeding the speed limit. I heard of a supercar that managed to outrun a Police car on this stretch of road that had been chasing it from the M3 (before they installed the speed cameras!)[/p][/quote]I'd be interested to know the locations of speed cameras on the M3 or the A31, I've driven along that route on many occasions without seeing one. Unless things have changed, there is still a policy of keeping motorways and major trunk roads free of fixed cameras (outside of road work locations) except on the M25 where there is a permanent variable system that can't legally generate prosecutions. Torchie1
  • Score: 3

11:24am Wed 28 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

Anyone caught by a speed camera should alson be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention. They should have seen it long before they get to it.
Anyone caught by a speed camera should alson be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention. They should have seen it long before they get to it. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 3

12:15pm Wed 28 May 14

grampsw says...

Send the cameras out to Maybush, Romsey road and Green Lane are two areas that need urgent action.
Send the cameras out to Maybush, Romsey road and Green Lane are two areas that need urgent action. grampsw
  • Score: -1

12:43pm Wed 28 May 14

Zeo says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Frank28 wrote:
The A31 is a notorious road for exceeding the speed limit. I heard of a supercar that managed to outrun a Police car on this stretch of road that had been chasing it from the M3 (before they installed the speed cameras!)
I'd be interested to know the locations of speed cameras on the M3 or the A31, I've driven along that route on many occasions without seeing one. Unless things have changed, there is still a policy of keeping motorways and major trunk roads free of fixed cameras (outside of road work locations) except on the M25 where there is a permanent variable system that can't legally generate prosecutions.
Though not fixed ones, they normally set them up on the over pass bridges around Winchester, Basingstoke and Fleet
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: The A31 is a notorious road for exceeding the speed limit. I heard of a supercar that managed to outrun a Police car on this stretch of road that had been chasing it from the M3 (before they installed the speed cameras!)[/p][/quote]I'd be interested to know the locations of speed cameras on the M3 or the A31, I've driven along that route on many occasions without seeing one. Unless things have changed, there is still a policy of keeping motorways and major trunk roads free of fixed cameras (outside of road work locations) except on the M25 where there is a permanent variable system that can't legally generate prosecutions.[/p][/quote]Though not fixed ones, they normally set them up on the over pass bridges around Winchester, Basingstoke and Fleet Zeo
  • Score: 4

12:58pm Wed 28 May 14

sass says...

country bird wrote:
Speeding and wreckless driving kills
Wreck-less is what we want!
[quote][p][bold]country bird[/bold] wrote: Speeding and wreckless driving kills[/p][/quote]Wreck-less is what we want! sass
  • Score: 6

1:27pm Wed 28 May 14

Torchie1 says...

Zeo wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Frank28 wrote:
The A31 is a notorious road for exceeding the speed limit. I heard of a supercar that managed to outrun a Police car on this stretch of road that had been chasing it from the M3 (before they installed the speed cameras!)
I'd be interested to know the locations of speed cameras on the M3 or the A31, I've driven along that route on many occasions without seeing one. Unless things have changed, there is still a policy of keeping motorways and major trunk roads free of fixed cameras (outside of road work locations) except on the M25 where there is a permanent variable system that can't legally generate prosecutions.
Though not fixed ones, they normally set them up on the over pass bridges around Winchester, Basingstoke and Fleet
That has always been done but the post contains a fictitious yarn about a 'super car' and fixed cameras on motorways, both of which are wrong and are merely urban rumours. I just wanted to see how the poster would attempt to back up the story.
[quote][p][bold]Zeo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: The A31 is a notorious road for exceeding the speed limit. I heard of a supercar that managed to outrun a Police car on this stretch of road that had been chasing it from the M3 (before they installed the speed cameras!)[/p][/quote]I'd be interested to know the locations of speed cameras on the M3 or the A31, I've driven along that route on many occasions without seeing one. Unless things have changed, there is still a policy of keeping motorways and major trunk roads free of fixed cameras (outside of road work locations) except on the M25 where there is a permanent variable system that can't legally generate prosecutions.[/p][/quote]Though not fixed ones, they normally set them up on the over pass bridges around Winchester, Basingstoke and Fleet[/p][/quote]That has always been done but the post contains a fictitious yarn about a 'super car' and fixed cameras on motorways, both of which are wrong and are merely urban rumours. I just wanted to see how the poster would attempt to back up the story. Torchie1
  • Score: 2

1:59pm Wed 28 May 14

sparkster says...

idiots, they need their driving licences taking away for good, it isnt only themselves that get killed its the innocent pedestrians
idiots, they need their driving licences taking away for good, it isnt only themselves that get killed its the innocent pedestrians sparkster
  • Score: 4

2:27pm Wed 28 May 14

bemused26 says...

I always stick to speed limits and I hate it when idiots who should have left on time, or 5 minutes earlier get up so close to my car to try and make me speed up.

70mph on a 30mph road is bloody dangerous and people that do moronic things like that should have some kind of temporary ban as well as a hefty fine and points.
I always stick to speed limits and I hate it when idiots who should have left on time, or 5 minutes earlier get up so close to my car to try and make me speed up. 70mph on a 30mph road is bloody dangerous and people that do moronic things like that should have some kind of temporary ban as well as a hefty fine and points. bemused26
  • Score: 7

2:32pm Wed 28 May 14

bobby the crane says...

sparkster wrote:
idiots, they need their driving licences taking away for good, it isnt only themselves that get killed its the innocent pedestrians
Could not agree more on the above comment, make know mistake these drivers are fully aware on what they are doing, the law is the law if they break it bang them up for at least 1 year for every mile they have gone over the limit
that will sort them out
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: idiots, they need their driving licences taking away for good, it isnt only themselves that get killed its the innocent pedestrians[/p][/quote]Could not agree more on the above comment, make know mistake these drivers are fully aware on what they are doing, the law is the law if they break it bang them up for at least 1 year for every mile they have gone over the limit that will sort them out bobby the crane
  • Score: -3

2:57pm Wed 28 May 14

George4th says...

Car Drivers are infallible! Well, that's what the majority would have us believe!
When caught doing anything wrong they will justify it with one made up reason or another!


"Oh yes, the reason I'm shaving in the car is because I got up late"!
"My child was in the bathroom so I have to put my make up on while driving to work"!
I'm making an emergency call to my on my mobile phone

Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc...........

And a reminder of what the word MAXIMUM means - it means MAXIMUM!

If you are in a 30mph zone then 30mph is the MAXIMUM! (to be sure, drive at 27/28mph!)
There is NO EXCUSE for speeding! The car only does what YOU instruct it to do!

If you do not adhere to the laws of the land and you cause an accident, you will suffer the consequences of your actions.............
.................
Car Drivers are infallible! Well, that's what the majority would have us believe! When caught doing anything wrong they will justify it with one made up reason or another! "Oh yes, the reason I'm shaving in the car is because I got up late"! "My child was in the bathroom so I have to put my make up on while driving to work"! I'm making an emergency call to my on my mobile phone Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc........... And a reminder of what the word MAXIMUM means - it means MAXIMUM! If you are in a 30mph zone then 30mph is the MAXIMUM! (to be sure, drive at 27/28mph!) There is NO EXCUSE for speeding! The car only does what YOU instruct it to do! If you do not adhere to the laws of the land and you cause an accident, you will suffer the consequences of your actions............. ................. George4th
  • Score: 11

3:34pm Wed 28 May 14

Suntanned Snowman says...

sass wrote:
country bird wrote:
Speeding and wreckless driving kills
Wreck-less is what we want!
On the other hand, Reckless is to be avoided!
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]country bird[/bold] wrote: Speeding and wreckless driving kills[/p][/quote]Wreck-less is what we want![/p][/quote]On the other hand, Reckless is to be avoided! Suntanned Snowman
  • Score: 5

4:25pm Wed 28 May 14

Inform Al says...

I rareley look at my speedo, but am usually within a mile an hour or so of the limit. Sometimes however I am well below the limit as some of the 30 mph roads in my area are not safe at above about 20 mph. Must admit though that I do put my foot down a bit on the motorway when there's no one else about.
I rareley look at my speedo, but am usually within a mile an hour or so of the limit. Sometimes however I am well below the limit as some of the 30 mph roads in my area are not safe at above about 20 mph. Must admit though that I do put my foot down a bit on the motorway when there's no one else about. Inform Al
  • Score: 6

4:44pm Wed 28 May 14

Gristy says...

Only speeding I have seen is been done by Police vehicles. I am quite sure that at least half of them are getting back for tea time or, they are just doing it for the hell of it knowing they can't be clobbered. I well remember a few years back, i won't mention where, a police car ended up on its side half way along a large grassed round-about after a Police Christmas party. I tried to get the culprits arrested for drunk driving. Not a hope in hell, they were well protected by their mates!
Only speeding I have seen is been done by Police vehicles. I am quite sure that at least half of them are getting back for tea time or, they are just doing it for the hell of it knowing they can't be clobbered. I well remember a few years back, i won't mention where, a police car ended up on its side half way along a large grassed round-about after a Police Christmas party. I tried to get the culprits arrested for drunk driving. Not a hope in hell, they were well protected by their mates! Gristy
  • Score: -3

4:45pm Wed 28 May 14

InsomnyaBorealys says...

Speeding is a crime and kills children and stuff so its bad but there is nothing wrong with going fast if its a clear road like a motorway and life is so conservative materialist and dull here in 'free market privatised paradise' you have to get some excitement especially if your an immigrant like me ;) in east euros you just do what u want really :). Govt really treats you like children here.
Living here for 8 months, visting my dad who has contract work at the Refinery at fawleys, I see why so many of English men come to tallin for a drunken and women hunting weekend, but I rather you stick to speeding than trash my homeland.
Love from ilmar age 19 estonian temporary resident of southampton
Speeding is a crime and kills children and stuff so its bad but there is nothing wrong with going fast if its a clear road like a motorway and life is so conservative materialist and dull here in 'free market privatised paradise' you have to get some excitement especially if your an immigrant like me ;) in east euros you just do what u want really :). Govt really treats you like children here. Living here for 8 months, visting my dad who has contract work at the Refinery at fawleys, I see why so many of English men come to tallin for a drunken and women hunting weekend, but I rather you stick to speeding than trash my homeland. Love from ilmar age 19 estonian temporary resident of southampton InsomnyaBorealys
  • Score: -8

5:06pm Wed 28 May 14

biggus2 says...

My old driving instructor said to me Its better to be 5 minutes late in this world than 5 minutes early in the next.

What is needed is more unmarked police cars
My old driving instructor said to me Its better to be 5 minutes late in this world than 5 minutes early in the next. What is needed is more unmarked police cars biggus2
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Wed 28 May 14

red/whitearmy says...

townieboy wrote:
Speed isnt the main concern id say it was stupid drivers who dont use their mirrors and are impatient that cause 9o % of accidents.
Speed is the main concern. I use the a31 a lot and the speed drivers do in the right hand lane in stupid. Then they wonder why they have to slow down as traffic ahead is not doing there speed. 70 not 90.
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Speed isnt the main concern id say it was stupid drivers who dont use their mirrors and are impatient that cause 9o % of accidents.[/p][/quote]Speed is the main concern. I use the a31 a lot and the speed drivers do in the right hand lane in stupid. Then they wonder why they have to slow down as traffic ahead is not doing there speed. 70 not 90. red/whitearmy
  • Score: 3

5:55pm Wed 28 May 14

red/whitearmy says...

The a 31 is a nightmare for speeders. They hug the right hand lane to speed and to tail gate. No sympathy for them. The amount of times i hug the left lane to drive at 70 tops , Indicate to over take a slow vehicle then the speeders have to slow down before there up my arse.
The a 31 is a nightmare for speeders. They hug the right hand lane to speed and to tail gate. No sympathy for them. The amount of times i hug the left lane to drive at 70 tops , Indicate to over take a slow vehicle then the speeders have to slow down before there up my arse. red/whitearmy
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Wed 28 May 14

forest hump says...

George4th wrote:
Car Drivers are infallible! Well, that's what the majority would have us believe!
When caught doing anything wrong they will justify it with one made up reason or another!


"Oh yes, the reason I'm shaving in the car is because I got up late"!
"My child was in the bathroom so I have to put my make up on while driving to work"!
I'm making an emergency call to my on my mobile phone

Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc...........

And a reminder of what the word MAXIMUM means - it means MAXIMUM!

If you are in a 30mph zone then 30mph is the MAXIMUM! (to be sure, drive at 27/28mph!)
There is NO EXCUSE for speeding! The car only does what YOU instruct it to do!

If you do not adhere to the laws of the land and you cause an accident, you will suffer the consequences of your actions.............

.................
Do you ride a bike by any chance or are you having a bad day? As much as I agree with your sentiments, I doubt you are targeting the right audience
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Car Drivers are infallible! Well, that's what the majority would have us believe! When caught doing anything wrong they will justify it with one made up reason or another! "Oh yes, the reason I'm shaving in the car is because I got up late"! "My child was in the bathroom so I have to put my make up on while driving to work"! I'm making an emergency call to my on my mobile phone Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc........... And a reminder of what the word MAXIMUM means - it means MAXIMUM! If you are in a 30mph zone then 30mph is the MAXIMUM! (to be sure, drive at 27/28mph!) There is NO EXCUSE for speeding! The car only does what YOU instruct it to do! If you do not adhere to the laws of the land and you cause an accident, you will suffer the consequences of your actions............. .................[/p][/quote]Do you ride a bike by any chance or are you having a bad day? As much as I agree with your sentiments, I doubt you are targeting the right audience forest hump
  • Score: -4

6:26pm Wed 28 May 14

sparkster says...

I agree its much better to be five miutes in this world than five minutes early in the next. My hubby has a saying when witnessing a speeding driver "he/she must be late for an appointment with the coroner"
I agree its much better to be five miutes in this world than five minutes early in the next. My hubby has a saying when witnessing a speeding driver "he/she must be late for an appointment with the coroner" sparkster
  • Score: 3

6:50pm Wed 28 May 14

Niel says...

biggus2 wrote:
My old driving instructor said to me Its better to be 5 minutes late in this world than 5 minutes early in the next.

What is needed is more unmarked police cars
What is needed is a sensible approach to roads use and Policing. The current Roads Policing Unit (RPU) is virtually unseen, various Skoda's, Passats, BMW's and others are out there doing the job assigned to them, acting to catch uninsured/mot'd/taxe
d/licenced vehicles and drivers, occasional moving traffic offences and their major task catching known criminals and vehicles associated with them. Visible TRAFFIC patrols have a positive effect, but are less effective at catching known criminals using our roads.

Automated systems that issue fine collecting tickets however are cheaper and the money they collect is more attractive than traffic officers having a word and using their discretion to warn rather than issue a ticket, which often has less effect than an experienced officers words of wisdom...

Inappropriate speed is the real problem, artificially overly lowered speed limits don't help to create respect for them, similarly drivers who see the number as a target and can't think for themselves and realise conditions mean lower than the posted limit speeds are appropriate don't help either.

As for 122 mph, that's slow, look at Germany and the two lane Autobahns, a lot have NO speed limit, yet crashes are rare, why? Because the driving standards are higher, and in poor weather conditions etc drivers who don't slow to a suitable speed do get ticketed.
[quote][p][bold]biggus2[/bold] wrote: My old driving instructor said to me Its better to be 5 minutes late in this world than 5 minutes early in the next. What is needed is more unmarked police cars[/p][/quote]What is needed is a sensible approach to roads use and Policing. The current Roads Policing Unit (RPU) is virtually unseen, various Skoda's, Passats, BMW's and others are out there doing the job assigned to them, acting to catch uninsured/mot'd/taxe d/licenced vehicles and drivers, occasional moving traffic offences and their major task catching known criminals and vehicles associated with them. Visible TRAFFIC patrols have a positive effect, but are less effective at catching known criminals using our roads. Automated systems that issue fine collecting tickets however are cheaper and the money they collect is more attractive than traffic officers having a word and using their discretion to warn rather than issue a ticket, which often has less effect than an experienced officers words of wisdom... Inappropriate speed is the real problem, artificially overly lowered speed limits don't help to create respect for them, similarly drivers who see the number as a target and can't think for themselves and realise conditions mean lower than the posted limit speeds are appropriate don't help either. As for 122 mph, that's slow, look at Germany and the two lane Autobahns, a lot have NO speed limit, yet crashes are rare, why? Because the driving standards are higher, and in poor weather conditions etc drivers who don't slow to a suitable speed do get ticketed. Niel
  • Score: 2

6:59pm Wed 28 May 14

Stubs says...

Hope they have their cars taken away and crushed.
Hope they have their cars taken away and crushed. Stubs
  • Score: 2

9:35pm Wed 28 May 14

elvisimo says...

From the sidelines wrote:
one in a million wrote:
Excess speed seems to be the norm; I don't have a speed camera but it is so obvious that the majority of people ignore speed limits through our towns and villages. It isn't just cars, lorries and buses too.

All we have is some happy clappy system were drivers get a letter if they are caught - should be a fine every time and many more speed cameras especially outside schools, Botley Road is like a race track past the schools in fair oak and not a copper or speed camera in sight.
If speed per se was dangerous, our motorways would be the most dangerous roads. They're not, they're the safest.

Speed is considered a convenient proxy for bad driving. It's not. And in the case of Botley Road, during school travel times, it is simply too busy to exceed the speed limit. At other times, it's a straight road with good sightlines, so the speed limit is artificially low.
What? So just hurtle round built up areas or housing estates at whatever speed you fancy ?
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]one in a million[/bold] wrote: Excess speed seems to be the norm; I don't have a speed camera but it is so obvious that the majority of people ignore speed limits through our towns and villages. It isn't just cars, lorries and buses too. All we have is some happy clappy system were drivers get a letter if they are caught - should be a fine every time and many more speed cameras especially outside schools, Botley Road is like a race track past the schools in fair oak and not a copper or speed camera in sight.[/p][/quote]If speed per se was dangerous, our motorways would be the most dangerous roads. They're not, they're the safest. Speed is considered a convenient proxy for bad driving. It's not. And in the case of Botley Road, during school travel times, it is simply too busy to exceed the speed limit. At other times, it's a straight road with good sightlines, so the speed limit is artificially low.[/p][/quote]What? So just hurtle round built up areas or housing estates at whatever speed you fancy ? elvisimo
  • Score: 1

9:57pm Wed 28 May 14

George4th says...

forest hump wrote:
George4th wrote:
Car Drivers are infallible! Well, that's what the majority would have us believe!
When caught doing anything wrong they will justify it with one made up reason or another!


"Oh yes, the reason I'm shaving in the car is because I got up late"!
"My child was in the bathroom so I have to put my make up on while driving to work"!
I'm making an emergency call to my on my mobile phone

Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc...........

And a reminder of what the word MAXIMUM means - it means MAXIMUM!

If you are in a 30mph zone then 30mph is the MAXIMUM! (to be sure, drive at 27/28mph!)
There is NO EXCUSE for speeding! The car only does what YOU instruct it to do!

If you do not adhere to the laws of the land and you cause an accident, you will suffer the consequences of your actions.............


.................
Do you ride a bike by any chance or are you having a bad day? As much as I agree with your sentiments, I doubt you are targeting the right audience
I saw it as an opportunity to offer my best advice! :-)

Any responsible person would think the same, however we all know that when many a person gets behind a car wheel, a sense of invincibility and infallibilty takes over.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Car Drivers are infallible! Well, that's what the majority would have us believe! When caught doing anything wrong they will justify it with one made up reason or another! "Oh yes, the reason I'm shaving in the car is because I got up late"! "My child was in the bathroom so I have to put my make up on while driving to work"! I'm making an emergency call to my on my mobile phone Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc........... And a reminder of what the word MAXIMUM means - it means MAXIMUM! If you are in a 30mph zone then 30mph is the MAXIMUM! (to be sure, drive at 27/28mph!) There is NO EXCUSE for speeding! The car only does what YOU instruct it to do! If you do not adhere to the laws of the land and you cause an accident, you will suffer the consequences of your actions............. .................[/p][/quote]Do you ride a bike by any chance or are you having a bad day? As much as I agree with your sentiments, I doubt you are targeting the right audience[/p][/quote]I saw it as an opportunity to offer my best advice! :-) Any responsible person would think the same, however we all know that when many a person gets behind a car wheel, a sense of invincibility and infallibilty takes over. George4th
  • Score: 3

5:48am Thu 29 May 14

GHamilton says...

I 've done a lot of driving in forty odd years, most of it on motorways; if you are in the outside lane doing between 75 and 80 and your being closely followed by another vehicle....it will be wearing one of three badges. Audi, BMW, or Volkswagen. They should get their customers to be to sign a sworn statement before they hand them the keys...''I do solemly declare by almighty God, that I will drive up the arse of every car I see in front of me at all times of the day and night, tailgate every vehicle I come across in the outside lane of the motorways/dual carrageways that I travel on; and be a complete pain in the backside to all other road users.''
I 've done a lot of driving in forty odd years, most of it on motorways; if you are in the outside lane doing between 75 and 80 and your being closely followed by another vehicle....it will be wearing one of three badges. Audi, BMW, or Volkswagen. They should get their customers to be to sign a sworn statement before they hand them the keys...''I do solemly declare by almighty God, that I will drive up the arse of every car I see in front of me at all times of the day and night, tailgate every vehicle I come across in the outside lane of the motorways/dual carrageways that I travel on; and be a complete pain in the backside to all other road users.'' GHamilton
  • Score: 1

6:18am Thu 29 May 14

GHamilton says...

Some people seem to think that putting more unmarked Police cars on the road is the answer to people speeding....why their just anther expense to the taxpayer, so why bother...all that red tape and paperwork. To all you perfect folk who never speed there's good news. All cars registered in the UK to be fitted with sat nav controlled rev limiters married to the engine management systems; this allows the cars to travel at the correct speeds on all roads, no matter how hard you push down on the loud pedal. Trouble is of course..... they'd have to get rid of all the speed cameras, the goverment would not get the cash from them, and the vat payments would plummet; I mean seriously, who's going to want to buy a Porshe that only does 70mph. The roads would be a lot safer though!!...er oooops, stupid of me there; it 's got nothing to do with saving lives or road safety, just screwing the motorist for every penny they can get from them.
Some people seem to think that putting more unmarked Police cars on the road is the answer to people speeding....why their just anther expense to the taxpayer, so why bother...all that red tape and paperwork. To all you perfect folk who never speed there's good news. All cars registered in the UK to be fitted with sat nav controlled rev limiters married to the engine management systems; this allows the cars to travel at the correct speeds on all roads, no matter how hard you push down on the loud pedal. Trouble is of course..... they'd have to get rid of all the speed cameras, the goverment would not get the cash from them, and the vat payments would plummet; I mean seriously, who's going to want to buy a Porshe that only does 70mph. The roads would be a lot safer though!!...er oooops, stupid of me there; it 's got nothing to do with saving lives or road safety, just screwing the motorist for every penny they can get from them. GHamilton
  • Score: 1

3:59pm Thu 29 May 14

richrider says...

Speed does not cause accidents. Admit that it makes them worse when they happen, but statistically there are more accidents within the speed limit than above it. Sure, put speed cameras in towns, outside schools and at accident black spots, but leave safe main roads and motorways alone.
Speed does not cause accidents. Admit that it makes them worse when they happen, but statistically there are more accidents within the speed limit than above it. Sure, put speed cameras in towns, outside schools and at accident black spots, but leave safe main roads and motorways alone. richrider
  • Score: 2

12:48am Fri 30 May 14

djbon87 says...

what i find EXTREMELY frustrating is people who are doing below the speed limit for no reason whatsoever... I was following a car this morning that was doing 30 in a 50 limit... WHY?? Speeding is dangerous and so is driving too slowly.
what i find EXTREMELY frustrating is people who are doing below the speed limit for no reason whatsoever... I was following a car this morning that was doing 30 in a 50 limit... WHY?? Speeding is dangerous and so is driving too slowly. djbon87
  • Score: 2

4:20pm Sat 31 May 14

Gristy says...

Gristy wrote:
Only speeding I have seen is been done by Police vehicles. I am quite sure that at least half of them are getting back for tea time or, they are just doing it for the hell of it knowing they can't be clobbered. I well remember a few years back, i won't mention where, a police car ended up on its side half way along a large grassed round-about after a Police Christmas party. I tried to get the culprits arrested for drunk driving. Not a hope in hell, they were well protected by their mates!
I reckon that too many police read my post!
[quote][p][bold]Gristy[/bold] wrote: Only speeding I have seen is been done by Police vehicles. I am quite sure that at least half of them are getting back for tea time or, they are just doing it for the hell of it knowing they can't be clobbered. I well remember a few years back, i won't mention where, a police car ended up on its side half way along a large grassed round-about after a Police Christmas party. I tried to get the culprits arrested for drunk driving. Not a hope in hell, they were well protected by their mates![/p][/quote]I reckon that too many police read my post! Gristy
  • Score: 0

4:36pm Sat 31 May 14

Inform Al says...

Gristy wrote:
Gristy wrote:
Only speeding I have seen is been done by Police vehicles. I am quite sure that at least half of them are getting back for tea time or, they are just doing it for the hell of it knowing they can't be clobbered. I well remember a few years back, i won't mention where, a police car ended up on its side half way along a large grassed round-about after a Police Christmas party. I tried to get the culprits arrested for drunk driving. Not a hope in hell, they were well protected by their mates!
I reckon that too many police read my post!
Stupid prejudiced comment., when I was in the Met it was coppers more likely to be reported, even for minor technical offences, just to prove to ignorant individuals that justice was equal across the board.
[quote][p][bold]Gristy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gristy[/bold] wrote: Only speeding I have seen is been done by Police vehicles. I am quite sure that at least half of them are getting back for tea time or, they are just doing it for the hell of it knowing they can't be clobbered. I well remember a few years back, i won't mention where, a police car ended up on its side half way along a large grassed round-about after a Police Christmas party. I tried to get the culprits arrested for drunk driving. Not a hope in hell, they were well protected by their mates![/p][/quote]I reckon that too many police read my post![/p][/quote]Stupid prejudiced comment., when I was in the Met it was coppers more likely to be reported, even for minor technical offences, just to prove to ignorant individuals that justice was equal across the board. Inform Al
  • Score: 0

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