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Speeding crackdown for Reepham

PUBLISHED: 13:22 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 14:42 07 July 2010

A crack down on speeding is on the cards in a north Norfolk town after about 25pc of some 10,000 drivers monitored were found to be breaking the limit.

A crack down on speeding is on the cards in a north Norfolk town after about 25pc of some 10,000 drivers monitored were found to be breaking the limit.

Reepham's volunteer speedwatch team has clocked the speeds of 10,000 drivers since it started the project, supported by police, in May this year.

Of those about 2,500 were found to be exceeding the speed limit.

The figures were heard by Reepham Town Council at its meeting on Wednesday.

Speedwatch co-ordinator John Dawres said that the last monitoring session held saw more than 20 vehicles exceeding travelling at more than 37mph, in a speed limit area of 30mph.

Some were travelling over 50mph, despite presence of three volunteers in high visibility jackets with large high visibility signs drivers they were there and a flashing speed limit sign.

Norwich Road into Reepham has been identified as particular problem area, he said.

“It is just unbelievable people will come over that bridge then accelerate to 56mph before they hit the 20mph in Reepham,” he said.

“There is no pavement for most of it and visibility is very poor. There are houses with drive ways along there and there are children.

“It is horrifying if you are standing on the side of the road. It is downright dangerous and somebody will get killed.”

The results have been passed to the area road policing unit and they will have a series of police officers area traffic officers who will be there with a lazer gun and no warning signs, the council was told.

“It will not be terribly obvious where they are and they will be in a different location issuing tickets, fines and penalty points,” added Mr Dawes.

“And they will be doing it on a number of dates.” Speed watch teams will fill the gaps in between.

Out of the 20 schemes in the county there were only two cases where enforcement notices had been served - following two prior warning letters, Mr Dawes said.

“I think and hope it is because those who have had first letters have slowed down,” he added. “That is the objective, not to fine people.

“It is quite a stern letter they get.”

The team has had 15 volunteers but new members are due to join, taking the number up to 21.

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