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Kids help cops to cut speeding

Hands up how many of us can put our hands on our hearts and swear honestly that we've never crept even slightly over the speed limit when driving? It's all too easy to do yet the effects of a collision when travelling too fast can be catastrophic for everyone involved

Well now police in Kent are trying a new tactic to get the message into people's heads that speed can be dangerous as David Johns reports. The PCSO behind the scheme is Chris Chapman.

Man sentenced for doing over 80mph in a 30mph zone

A man doing 80mph in a 30mph zone in Oxford has been sentenced to a 12 month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Edward Hembrow, who is 29-years-old, pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving at Oxford Magistrates Court.

He was caught by Thames Valley Police speeding at 84mph in a 30mph zone on Cuddesdon Road in Horspath, during the school drop off period.

It was also very foggy on the morning of 21st January, making driving conditions even more hazardous.

As well as his community order and unpaid work, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Investigating officer PC Steve Moses said, "This sort of driving will not be tolerated on our roads and Thames Valley Police will seek prosecution of any drivers who flout the law.

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More drivers caught speeding in Oxfordshire

The number of drivers caught speeding has risen Credit: Meridian

The number of drivers sent speeding fines in Oxfordshire has risen. Around 33,000 tickets were issued last year- 7500 more than in 2008. Many were caught on Woodstock Road in Oxford. Speed cameras were turned off in 2010 because of Government cuts, but were switched back on several months later.

Police respond to concerns over speeding

A police spokesman said that Sussex Police were responding to concerns about speeding in Eastbourne.

He said: "In response to residents' concerns about speeding in certain areas of Eastbourne we hope that SID will reduce speeding and encourage motorists to remain within the speed limit, therefore helping the community to feel safer and help to meet targets in reducing road casualties.

"If you see someone speeding please report it on our website dedicated to combating antisocial driving, www.operationcrackdown.org."

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Courts target motorists

Special traffic courts will be set up across our region to deal with traffic-light jumpers and speeding motorists after being trialled in Kent, Hampshire and Essex.

The Government has said that the new courts will free up time in magistrates' courts for more serious cases.

About half a million motoring cases are heard in magistrates' courts every year and often take longer to progress than major offences, the Ministry of Justice has said.

The new courts are part of a plan to improve Britain's Criminal Justice system.

The Institute of Advanced Motoring says they agree with the plans.

"We welcome the focus on improving detection rates and investigation time for serious offences. Many families are rightly upset when the death or serious injury of a loved one appears to attract a short ban or fine. Speeding and red light running are still serious ofences however and these new courts could also help end the scandal of drivers still being allowed on the road after they have amassed more than 12 points."

– Neil Greig, Director of policy and research at Institute of Advanced Motorists
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