322 drivers caught speeding in Cumbrian town in seven hours

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More than 300 drivers were caught speeding in a north Cumbrian town in just seven hours.

Police issued 322 notices of intended prosecution (NIP) for speeding offences during seven one-hour deployments on English Street, Longtown. A NIP is issued to the registered vehicle keeper and indicates that the driver at fault may face prosecution.

Police set up the deployments to monitor the traffic over the past three months in response to concerns raised by residents of the town near the Scottish Border.

The highest recorded speed was 60mph - double the 30mph limit on that stretch of the A7.

Sergeant Katie Rickerby said police had listened to the local community's concerns.

She said: “Following the work we have conducted, it is clear that there is a large scale non-compliance issue for the 30mph speed limit within Longtown.

"On one of our deployments we found that 87 vehicles were travelling over the speed limit. This is simply not acceptable as lives are being put at risk due to reckless speeding in a built-up area.

“I’m sure nobody would want to hear of a serious or fatal road traffic collision occurring on that stretch of road but that is fast becoming a realistic possibility. We will continue to attend this location on a regular basis to take action.”

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the blues are going up   , Carlisle Saturday, 15 October, 2016 at 10:32AM
I thought it was the agreement that if something like this happened then rather than enforcement the partnerships had to make improvement to the road layout and not enforcement!
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Iain   Sinclair , Frizington Friday, 14 October, 2016 at 6:12PM
Glad they are doing something about this scourge but they don't here on the Cockermouth rd, some speeders I have measured at over 90mph in a 30 limit....A serious accident WILL happen, it's just a case of when....I have told the police dozens of times and still they do nothing.
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John   Brown , Carlisle Friday, 14 October, 2016 at 1:55PM
This is completely unacceptable and I do not condone it. BUT this is one hell off a money earner for someone. Each driver will be offered a £100 fine plus 3 penalty points or a Speed Awareness course costing £85 and lasting 4 hours. I therefore ask the question is the purpose of the speed cameras public safety or a way of earning loads of money. I bet that it will make absoulutely no difference on that stretch of road to the speed that people drive at.
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Nobby   Knowitall , Longtown Friday, 14 October, 2016 at 1:24PM
Seeing as it is an A road, surely it should be at the national speed limit of 60mph? The fact that people have built houses and shops alongside the road is their problem. Perhaps they should all move away from the road, or possibly even use the Green Cross Code as taught to children if they can't cross successfully as an adult.
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Creative   , Friday, 14 October, 2016 at 11:59AM
Perhaps this suggests that the 30mph limit is too low, it certainly is on the approach from Carlisle, it should be 40..
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Me   , Cumbria Friday, 14 October, 2016 at 8:18PM
Or people could just drive in accordance with the Highway Code and obey posted speed limits, if they can't manage that they should turn in their licence.
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