Endmoor Community Speed Watch Scheme logs 156 speeding motorists in six weeks

Endmoor Community Speed Watch Scheme logs 156 speeding motorists in six weeks

Endmoor Community Speed Watch Scheme logs 156 speeding motorists in six weeks

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THE Endmoor Community Speed Watch Scheme has caught 156 vehicles speeding in its first six weeks of operation.
 

Since launching on April 16 volunteers have recorded motorists travelling at speeds of up to 54mph - well over the 30mph limit.
 

All drivers logged have received warning letters, and 80 per cent of them were found to live within 20 miles of Endmoor.
 

The scheme was set up in a bid to tackle concerns from Endmoor residents about speeding in their community.
 

It aims to highlight the problem by sending offending motorists letters telling them that they have been identified as exceeding the speed limit.
 

Fourteen volunteers have been trained by PC Kevin Jackson, a Kendal police officer in the Operational Support Unit, in the correct use of the laser gun.
 

The volunteers usually work in pairs to help each other accurately record the vehicle registration numbers.
 

Michael Roberts, a Police Support Volunteer who is administering the scheme, said: “We have been very pleased with the commitment of Endmoor residents to operate this scheme so effectively and enthusiastically.
 

“Of the 156 vehicles logged by these volunteers, none have been repeat offenders.
 

“I believe that this indicates drivers are modifying their driving behaviour to the benefit and improved safety of everybody living in Endmoor.”

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Inspector Paul Latham, of Kendal Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are pleased to have worked with the community to address problems they have identified.
 

“The work carried out has indicated times when the largest volume drivers are likely to be exceeding the speed limit is also the time when pedestrians are most likely to be present.
 

“Enforcement work by police officers will take place targeting those who exceed the speed limit during those times, and offending drivers are likely to be prosecuted as opposed to receiving warning letters.”

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3:33pm Fri 13 Jun 14

adecco12 says...

Good its about time, someone was doing something about the speeding cars. We have to listen to the constant drone of boy racers, up and down the road during the night on a weekend. It is like living on the M6, since the Auction Mart was relocated to near J36. The traffic is so busy now.
Good its about time, someone was doing something about the speeding cars. We have to listen to the constant drone of boy racers, up and down the road during the night on a weekend. It is like living on the M6, since the Auction Mart was relocated to near J36. The traffic is so busy now. adecco12
  • Score: -11

6:45pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Whinfell says...

Not surprised!
Drivers are either;still in Motorway speed mode after leaving the M6 or racing to get there.
Its a nightmare driving on that road.
Not surprised! Drivers are either;still in Motorway speed mode after leaving the M6 or racing to get there. Its a nightmare driving on that road. Whinfell
  • Score: -10

8:00pm Fri 13 Jun 14

TwoHat says...

It needs a roundabout on every junction on the A65 between Kendal and the M6, then people would use the A6 to get to the motorway like it was intended. Since this road was de-trunked it is not fit for the volumes of traffic which use it. Further developments to the south-east of Kendal only add to the problems.
It needs a roundabout on every junction on the A65 between Kendal and the M6, then people would use the A6 to get to the motorway like it was intended. Since this road was de-trunked it is not fit for the volumes of traffic which use it. Further developments to the south-east of Kendal only add to the problems. TwoHat
  • Score: -13

8:54pm Fri 13 Jun 14

magical trevor says...

Nothing like over exaggerating how bad this road is. It's perfectly ok to drive, and lives up to the max speed of 60mph. Whinfell.....that stretch of the A65 is anything but a nightmare. TwoHat....what a ridiculous suggestion....bloody roundabouts.....noth
ing like impeding people's journeys with needless obstructions and obstacles.
Nothing like over exaggerating how bad this road is. It's perfectly ok to drive, and lives up to the max speed of 60mph. Whinfell.....that stretch of the A65 is anything but a nightmare. TwoHat....what a ridiculous suggestion....bloody roundabouts.....noth ing like impeding people's journeys with needless obstructions and obstacles. magical trevor
  • Score: 10

9:33pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Gingery says...

Don't know about anyone else but I've been using the A65 route to avoid the road works on the A6. I do however travel within the correct speed limit.
Don't know about anyone else but I've been using the A65 route to avoid the road works on the A6. I do however travel within the correct speed limit. Gingery
  • Score: 4

10:30pm Fri 13 Jun 14

kendal brat says...

I presume when you talk about the A6, you mean the A591/A590 from Kendal to Jn36.
The A65 through Endmoor doesn't really suffer by the average Joe driving through at 35 to 38 mph. The road can for the most part handle those kind of speeds. Like everywhere else, it'll have its share of idiot drivers taking bad attitudes onto the road.
I hope the enforcement will intelligently discriminate between those whose safe marginal exceeding of the limit is part of their normal safe driving habit, and those whose attitude causes their speed to be a danger, as well as an anti social blight.
I presume when you talk about the A6, you mean the A591/A590 from Kendal to Jn36. The A65 through Endmoor doesn't really suffer by the average Joe driving through at 35 to 38 mph. The road can for the most part handle those kind of speeds. Like everywhere else, it'll have its share of idiot drivers taking bad attitudes onto the road. I hope the enforcement will intelligently discriminate between those whose safe marginal exceeding of the limit is part of their normal safe driving habit, and those whose attitude causes their speed to be a danger, as well as an anti social blight. kendal brat
  • Score: 9

11:27am Sat 14 Jun 14

TwoHat says...

"safe marginal exceeding of the limit is part of their normal safe driving habit,"
What? Are you serious? Its a speed limit. Exceeding it is against the law. It isnt difficult to drive legally and still make progress. The notion that its OK to break the law by a small amount is ludicrous.
"safe marginal exceeding of the limit is part of their normal safe driving habit," What? Are you serious? Its a speed limit. Exceeding it is against the law. It isnt difficult to drive legally and still make progress. The notion that its OK to break the law by a small amount is ludicrous. TwoHat
  • Score: 0

12:29pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Whinfell says...

Yes 'magical' Trevor:clearly no problems on this road-156 speeding motorists logged in 6 weeks.
I rest my case.
Yes 'magical' Trevor:clearly no problems on this road-156 speeding motorists logged in 6 weeks. I rest my case. Whinfell
  • Score: 0

3:02pm Sat 14 Jun 14

drixhen says...

I think this needs to be done between Fairgarth drive and Keastwick in kirkby lonsdale only a matter of time before there is an accident .
I think this needs to be done between Fairgarth drive and Keastwick in kirkby lonsdale only a matter of time before there is an accident . drixhen
  • Score: -1

1:07pm Sun 15 Jun 14

greenbell says...

It's all very well sending them letters but fines would do far more good. I have just received an email from a friend warning me of the fines now being imposed by the Spanish police for speeding, hundreds of euros. and penalty points as well. The Cumbrian police just play at it.
It's all very well sending them letters but fines would do far more good. I have just received an email from a friend warning me of the fines now being imposed by the Spanish police for speeding, hundreds of euros. and penalty points as well. The Cumbrian police just play at it. greenbell
  • Score: -1

2:41pm Sun 15 Jun 14

drixhen says...

I have to agree with greenbell the cumbrian police play at a lot of things
I have to agree with greenbell the cumbrian police play at a lot of things drixhen
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Sun 15 Jun 14

MadOnVaux! says...

I drive on this road ALOT, and more often than not get tailgated through endmoor at 30mph...ive even been overtaken in the middle of the village too, plus on the Kendal side, people always accelerate when they SEE the national speed limit sign rather than when they pass it!....mind you, the 30mph signs in Endmoor really need renewing!.......on the other side of the coin, this road is awful for slow drivers, people doing 30-40 mph on a 60mph road is equally as dangerous as speeding itself, infuriating other drivers who want to and can safely drive at 60mph.......I do think there should be a 40mph limit from Endmoor to just past Gatebeck, as 60mph is far too dangerous there due to the vision of the road and the junctions of Gatebeck and Summerlands estate.
I drive on this road ALOT, and more often than not get tailgated through endmoor at 30mph...ive even been overtaken in the middle of the village too, plus on the Kendal side, people always accelerate when they SEE the national speed limit sign rather than when they pass it!....mind you, the 30mph signs in Endmoor really need renewing!.......on the other side of the coin, this road is awful for slow drivers, people doing 30-40 mph on a 60mph road is equally as dangerous as speeding itself, infuriating other drivers who want to and can safely drive at 60mph.......I do think there should be a 40mph limit from Endmoor to just past Gatebeck, as 60mph is far too dangerous there due to the vision of the road and the junctions of Gatebeck and Summerlands estate. MadOnVaux!
  • Score: 7

11:36am Mon 16 Jun 14

julie-anne watson says...

Now this is my bit of road having walked along it in pairs to our canteen, what memories. Slow down, care for kids, love this village and watch out for the Galbraithes with there tractors, they'll get you if they can.
TOM.
Now this is my bit of road having walked along it in pairs to our canteen, what memories. Slow down, care for kids, love this village and watch out for the Galbraithes with there tractors, they'll get you if they can. TOM. julie-anne watson
  • Score: 1

3:23pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Kendal lad says...

Speed doesn't kill.

Poor driving kills and you only need to stand and watch some of the roads in the south lakes to see fantastic examples of really poor driving.

The recent accidents on the A65 demonstrate that poor driving (usually by older drivers who dodder along, afraid of the nasty cars and lorries travelling in the opposite direction), kills.

Mandatory re-testing for all drivers over the age of 65, at least every 3 years up to 74 and then bi-annually after that will cut down on accidents on country roads. New drivers kept off the motorway for their first year, prior to a mandatory motorway test and limits on the engine size they can buy.

On-line test for all drivers every five years will help with updating reasoning and other skills.

And I speak as someone who had an accident just outside Endmoor whilst waiting to turn into Kendal camping (rear ending by an older driver who thought they had seen the light change to red:- Eh what set of lights !!!!!) The lady could barely walk let alone drive and was prosecuted for dangerous driving. The outcome:- she lost her licence.
Speed doesn't kill. Poor driving kills and you only need to stand and watch some of the roads in the south lakes to see fantastic examples of really poor driving. The recent accidents on the A65 demonstrate that poor driving (usually by older drivers who dodder along, afraid of the nasty cars and lorries travelling in the opposite direction), kills. Mandatory re-testing for all drivers over the age of 65, at least every 3 years up to 74 and then bi-annually after that will cut down on accidents on country roads. New drivers kept off the motorway for their first year, prior to a mandatory motorway test and limits on the engine size they can buy. On-line test for all drivers every five years will help with updating reasoning and other skills. And I speak as someone who had an accident just outside Endmoor whilst waiting to turn into Kendal camping (rear ending by an older driver who thought they had seen the light change to red:- Eh what set of lights !!!!!) The lady could barely walk let alone drive and was prosecuted for dangerous driving. The outcome:- she lost her licence. Kendal lad
  • Score: 2

11:39am Thu 19 Jun 14

julie-anne watson says...

Can 'Kendal Lad' identify a set of traffic lights within five miles of Endmoor? I think not. Thou should stay in Kendal Lad.
Can 'Kendal Lad' identify a set of traffic lights within five miles of Endmoor? I think not. Thou should stay in Kendal Lad. julie-anne watson
  • Score: -9

11:52am Thu 19 Jun 14

magical trevor says...

Read Kendal Lad's post again Julie-anne watson!
Read Kendal Lad's post again Julie-anne watson! magical trevor
  • Score: 4

2:19pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Kendal lad says...

julie-anne watson wrote:
Can 'Kendal Lad' identify a set of traffic lights within five miles of Endmoor? I think not. Thou should stay in Kendal Lad.
For the sake of clarity (as sarcasm clearly doesn't come across in print) I did say what set of lights.

That was the whole point, there aren't any.

Maybe julie-anne you should slow down and read more carefully. Or, stop reading whilst driving, one or the other.
[quote][p][bold]julie-anne watson[/bold] wrote: Can 'Kendal Lad' identify a set of traffic lights within five miles of Endmoor? I think not. Thou should stay in Kendal Lad.[/p][/quote]For the sake of clarity (as sarcasm clearly doesn't come across in print) I did say what set of lights. That was the whole point, there aren't any. Maybe julie-anne you should slow down and read more carefully. Or, stop reading whilst driving, one or the other. Kendal lad
  • Score: 5

3:02pm Thu 19 Jun 14

PropMeUpWithTeabags says...

I have to agree with KendalLad. There are too many bad drivers out there. I followed an old man on the A65 and everytime something came down the other side of the road he braked sharply, luckily I am a careful driver and was paying attention. He should not be driving in this fashion.
We live in a rural area with poor public transport. A lot of older people are driving way passed when they should and putting other people's lives at risk. Speeding is not the issue. I know the road from Crooklands to Kendal very well I drive on it nearly everyday. I often do a speed that is over the limit. I use my common sense to regulate the speed at which I drive. I would happily drive through Endmoor doing 40mph at 1pm but wouldn't drive passed a school doing 30mph when its school chucking out time.
I have no problems with people doing the speed limit. What I have got a problem with is people doing way below the speed limit. Invariably this is an offence commited by older drivers who's reaction times are slower.
KendalLad put it well that there should be an easy online test you can do, say when you buy your tax to say "yes I know how to drive" a mini highway code. This wont stop people from getting their mate to do it, but if it was me I wouldn't trust a friend to do mine.
I have to agree with KendalLad. There are too many bad drivers out there. I followed an old man on the A65 and everytime something came down the other side of the road he braked sharply, luckily I am a careful driver and was paying attention. He should not be driving in this fashion. We live in a rural area with poor public transport. A lot of older people are driving way passed when they should and putting other people's lives at risk. Speeding is not the issue. I know the road from Crooklands to Kendal very well I drive on it nearly everyday. I often do a speed that is over the limit. I use my common sense to regulate the speed at which I drive. I would happily drive through Endmoor doing 40mph at 1pm but wouldn't drive passed a school doing 30mph when its school chucking out time. I have no problems with people doing the speed limit. What I have got a problem with is people doing way below the speed limit. Invariably this is an offence commited by older drivers who's reaction times are slower. KendalLad put it well that there should be an easy online test you can do, say when you buy your tax to say "yes I know how to drive" a mini highway code. This wont stop people from getting their mate to do it, but if it was me I wouldn't trust a friend to do mine. PropMeUpWithTeabags
  • Score: 2

3:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

TwoHat says...

"I would happily drive through Endmoor doing 40mph at 1pm but wouldn't drive passed a school doing 30mph when its school chucking out time."
You could benefit from going on a speed awareness course - in fact if you do as you say then you probably will at some time.
I agree with you about older drivers who shouldn't be allowed to drive though.
"I would happily drive through Endmoor doing 40mph at 1pm but wouldn't drive passed a school doing 30mph when its school chucking out time." You could benefit from going on a speed awareness course - in fact if you do as you say then you probably will at some time. I agree with you about older drivers who shouldn't be allowed to drive though. TwoHat
  • Score: -1

10:34pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Spotty Fish says...

I have to say TwoHat, I'm with Teabags on this one. I think he/she is much more speed aware than someone who just says, "oh, look, the speed limit is 30 so that's what I'll do even thought all those kids are coming out of school." Good driving is being aware of the road layout, the weather conditions, the amount of other traffic etc. Yes, the speed limit is there for a reason, but it doesn't always mean it's safe to do that speed, but neither is breaking the speed limit always dangerous. Illegal yes, but not dangerous.
I have to say TwoHat, I'm with Teabags on this one. I think he/she is much more speed aware than someone who just says, "oh, look, the speed limit is 30 so that's what I'll do even thought all those kids are coming out of school." Good driving is being aware of the road layout, the weather conditions, the amount of other traffic etc. Yes, the speed limit is there for a reason, but it doesn't always mean it's safe to do that speed, but neither is breaking the speed limit always dangerous. Illegal yes, but not dangerous. Spotty Fish
  • Score: 1

10:46am Fri 20 Jun 14

TwoHat says...

The point about the 30mph limit in Endmoor is this - if someone dashes out of a building into the road and you hit them with your car, they are far more likely to die if you are doing 40mph than if you are doing 30mph. The collision may be the pedestrian's fault, but the excess damage caused by speeding is your fault. So I suggest that Teabag wasn't considering this fact when saying that he/she would be happy driving through Endmoor at 40mph at 1:00 pm. This is something that he/she will be taught when he/she has to go on a speed awareness course. Perhaps these courses should be compulsory every 5 years along with a retest.
The point about the 30mph limit in Endmoor is this - if someone dashes out of a building into the road and you hit them with your car, they are far more likely to die if you are doing 40mph than if you are doing 30mph. The collision may be the pedestrian's fault, but the excess damage caused by speeding is your fault. So I suggest that Teabag wasn't considering this fact when saying that he/she would be happy driving through Endmoor at 40mph at 1:00 pm. This is something that he/she will be taught when he/she has to go on a speed awareness course. Perhaps these courses should be compulsory every 5 years along with a retest. TwoHat
  • Score: 0

1:38pm Fri 20 Jun 14

PropMeUpWithTeabags says...

I was considering it. The likeliness of that happening is not very and even if they did lunge out in front of me at that prescise moment in time I might be paying more attention than someone constantly watching their speedometer for fear of speeding.
I was considering it. The likeliness of that happening is not very and even if they did lunge out in front of me at that prescise moment in time I might be paying more attention than someone constantly watching their speedometer for fear of speeding. PropMeUpWithTeabags
  • Score: 0

11:52am Sat 21 Jun 14

julie-anne watson says...

I do apologise to Kendal Lad but feel question marks rather than exclamation marks may have got your message over clearer, sorry didn't do grammar school.
I do apologise to Kendal Lad but feel question marks rather than exclamation marks may have got your message over clearer, sorry didn't do grammar school. julie-anne watson
  • Score: -1

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