Action on Speeding

by jontwigge on 28 December, 2017

It is hugely disappointing to know that Police resources are so stretched that speeding motorists get so little attention that some people seem to think that they can get away with incredible speeds and dangerous driving on our roads.

Recent announcements by the government that Police budgets are to be frozen this year (with a token gesture of extra money that will actually come out of our pockets if the mayor decides to raise the money) mean there is no likely prospect of things improving in the near future.

But we have not given up !

Today I have written to the Mayor of Greater Manchester asking that Greater Manchester Police should accept DashCam videos, of irresponsible driving, through the internet.

Dashboard Cameras out there allow you to automatically record what happens in front of your car (and some behind as well) for use in evidence if you have an accident or see dangerous driving.  Greater Manchester police should make it as easy as possible for members of the public to report such incidents.

Slimline Connected DashCams

New devices are getting better all the time and I am looking to buy one particular camera that supports very easy uploading of video to the internet to come out – it is due soon !   I look forward to the day when i can easily report dangerous driving to the police and know that something will be done about it!

With the support of the police to make it easy and enough people reporting dangerous driving the small minority that make our roads so dangerous may start to think twice before they risk other people’s lives !



6 Responses

  1. John French says:

    How About the fatality on commercial road in hazel Grove I’m may of this year nothing has been done about there was a speed monitor put up for a month or two and a plastic sign saying kill your speed how about speed bumps to make the majority of the idiots speeding up and down commercial road

    • jontwigge says:

      Hi John,

      the monitor went up to see what speeds were actually like on that stretch of road. I have asked to see the results. I have personally seen some people travel along there at silly speeds but we need formal evidence.

      Speed bumps would slow people down but I suspect that with the number of vehicles on the road we may struggle to get them, there are rules about where they can go. We do hope to get a crossing soon that will make it safer to cross at least.

      When we have that data if it supports the argument then we will have to seriously consider what we can do.

      There is now a 20 limit around the bends as Commercial Road becomes Hazelwood which i think is making some difference.



  2. Claire White says:

    What about the idiots speeding up Chester Rd, it’s a one way with 20 mile speed limit.
    We seriously need speed bumps here before someone gets killed!

    • jontwigge says:

      Yes, I agree there is a serious problem on Chester Road. Again, I suspect the volume of traffic will make it difficult to get speed bumps here. The speed monitor was also placed just up the road and it will be very interesting to see how many people were recorded speeding here and then what we can do about it.

      The complementary work (with A6MARR money) will extend the 20 limit on the other side of the bridge hopefully slowing people coming in the other direction.


  3. Hector Jones says:

    Why don’t you concentrate on fixing problems that are the responsibility of the local council & not trying to be a additional police force.
    Most of the time there is too much traffic to speed, how do you know a vehicle is speeding?
    The liberal democrats are masters at trying to stop people using their cars & this is just another way of hassling motorists.

    • jontwigge says:

      Hi Hector,

      thank you, but as a local councillor speeding is one of the issues that gets raised most often. And of course, I would have no issue with the majority of people that are driving sensibly – it would only be about dangerous driving and excessive speeding. I hope you are not suggesting that it is acceptable to drive dangerously. The idea that it is harassing drivers if you question dangerous driving is one of the views that our society should be challenging even more.


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