Crackdown on speeding is a success

POLICE officers have reported success in a crackdown on speeding drivers earlier this month.

Officers from the Wellingborough Rural Safer Community Team stopped vehicles during the Central Show 2012 at Santa Pod Raceway on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15.

Action was taken following an increasing number of complaints by local residents about visitors speeding on main routes to the show around Irchester, Wollaston and Bozeat.

Sgt Paul Goosey said: “Concerns had been raised by members of the public regarding motorists ignoring road safety during this event weekend.

“The majority of people visiting Santa Pod showed consideration to the local community.

“Our activity targeted the small percentage of drivers who failed to drive responsibly and proved to be a successful and worthwhile exercise.

“Plans are in place to repeat the operation leading up to future events at the raceway this year.

“The aim of this type of operation is to inform members of the public that we work continually to tackle the issues around locally-identified priorities, to help make the area a safe and pleasant environment.”

Northamptonshire police said officers stopped a number of vehicles, handing out three fixed penalty notices for speeding and giving verbal warnings and words of advice to others.

They were also on hand to discuss concerns with people while carrying out high visibility patrols around the venue.

Tim Maguire, of Chapel Hill, Irchester, said: “Unfortunately it’s the way it is because it’s a motorsport event – I’m not saying it’s right but we’ve had problems with people speeding in the village in the past.

“But this year there haven’t been any problems and I haven’t heard anyone complaining about people driving dangerously.

“It seems like what the police are doing is working.”

For more about safer community teams visit www.northants.police.uk.