Letter - Speeding

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30mph limit is justified

As we watch from our driveway the motorists racing at speed down Thistle Hill, Knaresborough, we stand dumbfounded at the comments of Lee Challenor-Chadwick “We need an explanation” (October 17, see below).

What the letter completely ignores is the plain and simple fact that 1,200 motorists were speeding on this stretch of 30mph road.

They were all breaking the law, to whatever degree. It doesn’t matter how much money went into the coffers of the police, these people were all speeding in a restricted area.

This blatant disregard for the limit beggars belief.

For those of us living on Thistle Hill, which at the lower end is a residential area, this 30mph restriction is perfectly justified, in particular to prevent motorists from speeding across the junction at the bottom.

We, as residents, have welcomed policing of this stretch of road as it is treated like a racetrack by many, many motorists, as proved by the staggering number found to be speeding.

If a speed limit is in place and it is known that motorists are continually in breach of this, it is right and proper that we can expect the police to monitor it and issue tickets to those speeding.

In the past the police monitoring of this road has been far too brief, and residents would agree that this concentrated policing is what is required – as proved by the diabolical number found speeding.

Name and address supplied

Thistle Hill.

From the Harrogate Advertiser, October 7: We need an explanation

Yorkshire’s Chief Constable and its Police Commissioner owe council and tax payers an explanation. As JB Halstead pointed out in his letter in the Advertiser last week, over 1,200 speeding tickets were issued to motorists using Thistle Hill in Knaresborough in less than a period of 14 hours.

I recently received one of these for travelling at 35mph. In response, knowing that the police regularly issue cautions for far worse offences, often including violence and drunkenness, I wrote asking the police to consider treating me in a similar fashion.

They refused, so rather than pay the fixed fine I opted to attend court and complain to the magistrates that this concentration of police activity was nothing less than blatant fund raising and is in no meaningful way related to road safety.

In short, by using this method to top up their coffers, the police are guilty of a gross misuse of public assets and funds.

My claim is only strengthened by the number of tickets issued in the last six months on the A61 between Harrogate and Ripon, a road notorious for serious accidents and deaths. They number below two hundred.

So let’s have a full explanation, not hot air and a dodge around, from the responsible authorities, the Chief Constable and the Police Commissioner.

And any claim by them that the funds raised are used to improve road safety, will be neither valid nor acceptable.

Lee Challenor-Chadwick

Burn Bridge,