Dozens face fines after being caught by speedchecks at Felixstowe

Left, Nigel Chettleburgh, volunteer co-ordinator for Felixstowe and District Community Speedwatch gr

Left, Nigel Chettleburgh, volunteer co-ordinator for Felixstowe and District Community Speedwatch group, with, right, volunteer Alan Elvin. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

Police say too many people are still driving too fast in the Felixstowe area after a series of speedchecks caught 45 offenders.

Most will receive fines via penalty notices and others warning letters.

The day of action was held on the Colneis Peninsula by members of the Felixstowe and District Community Speed Watch, along with the Suffolk Safety Camera Partnership and Felixstowe Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).

PCSO Stephen Baddeley, of the SNT, said “The fact that 45 offending drivers were detected over the course of the day – with the highest speed recorded being 50mph in a 30mph zone - clearly displays that too many people are still driving too quickly.

“We are planning more of these days of action in the future as we continue to combat speeding in our neighbourhoods. In the meantime, the Community Speed Watch team will continue to conduct their own speed checks and are keen to hear from anyone who may be interested in joining them.”

Checks were carried out at various locations including Trimley Road, Kirton; Main Road, Brightwell; High Road, Trimley St Mary; High Street, Walton; High Road East and Walton Avenue, Felixstowe.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I’d like to thank all those involved in this day of action, especially the volunteers of the Felixstowe Speedwatch scheme. We have an army of Community Speedwatch volunteers across the county and they do a fantastic job supporting the Constabulary in keeping our roads as safe as they can be.

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“Every road user needs to remember speed limits are there for a purpose. Excessive speed is all too often a contributory factor in collisions on our roads and far too many people are killed or serious injured on our roads.”

Community Speed Watch informs drivers that excessive speed is socially unacceptable, and helps to re-educate drivers about the dangers of speeding, while addressing concerns from local residents about cars speeding through their neighbourhoods.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Felixstowe and District Community Speed Watch should contact either PCSO Baddeley or Sgt Peter Street at Felixstowe Police Station on 101 or by emailing: Felixstowe.snt@suffolk.pnn.police.uk.

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