New crackdown on speeding motorists

POLICE in the Felixstowe area are today cracking down on speeding problems - thanks to a new enforcement team being set up.

POLICE in the Felixstowe area are today cracking down on speeding problems - thanks to a new enforcement team being set up.

Special Constables at the resort have been trained to use new speed guns and are carrying out extra speed enforcement patrols in a bid to deal with concerns raised by residents.

Motorists speeding through villages is regularly highlighted as one of the top concerns of communities.

People in Trimley St Mary and Trimley St Martin say some drivers going along the 30mph High Road sometimes reach double that speed, putting pedestrians and other car drivers at risk.


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Felixstowe Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Gallant said a sergeant and five Special Constables who make up the Special Speed Enforcement Team have been fully trained and were being sent out on the streets to carry out regular checks at locations identified as being of particular concern.

He said the team would operate in Felixstowe and also the surrounding villages and were a valuable addition to existing resources.

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“One the things I get letters of complaint about are residents who say motorists ignore speed limits when travelling through their village or town,” said Insp Gallant.

“By setting this team up we can direct them to problem areas, and we hope their presence will improve the manner of driving.

“Through our Safer Neighbourhood Team, and residents input, we can identify areas and routes where speeding is a concern and then task the Special Speed Enforcement Team to visit them.

“The new team will be working both during the day and at night, so will be flexible about where and when the checks can be made.”

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