Police target speeders in Oxford

Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police

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Almost 160 people were caught flouting the 20mph speed limit by driving above 24mph in St Giles on Wednesday.

In an hour-and-a-half operation, 159 offences were recorded by officers, the fastest being 45mph.

In a similar operation at 8am in Botley Road, 25 speeding tickets were issued, a car without a tax disc or or MoT was seized and a driver was found putting on make-up using the rear view mirror while driving.

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9:01am Sat 26 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

At the beginning of July 155 drivers were caught in a 2 hour period in St Giles

At the end of July 159 drivers were caught in a 90 minute period in St Giles.

So this means that speeding has got 36% worse since regular enforcement started. Although peak traffic, excluding roadworks, is distinctly quieter now that the school holidays have started.

Perhaps between the Police & Council they need to hire in some mobile average speed cameras as used in roadworks for use continuously for 7-10 day periods around Oxford?
At the beginning of July 155 drivers were caught in a 2 hour period in St Giles At the end of July 159 drivers were caught in a 90 minute period in St Giles. So this means that speeding has got 36% worse since regular enforcement started. Although peak traffic, excluding roadworks, is distinctly quieter now that the school holidays have started. Perhaps between the Police & Council they need to hire in some mobile average speed cameras as used in roadworks for use continuously for 7-10 day periods around Oxford? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 8

9:11am Sat 26 Jul 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Once again they are only there to make money, nothing to do with safety. If they are really concerned about safety, they should be at places where there is a real danger. You never see them on Blackbird Lets, where there are three schools, shops and lots of kids. Never see them at Rose Hill or Barton. This shows this is all about making money.
Once again they are only there to make money, nothing to do with safety. If they are really concerned about safety, they should be at places where there is a real danger. You never see them on Blackbird Lets, where there are three schools, shops and lots of kids. Never see them at Rose Hill or Barton. This shows this is all about making money. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 6

10:50am Sat 26 Jul 14

Oxonian says...

I would prefer to see these policemen patrolling our streets, as they used to do in the old days. A "bobby on the beat" can deter crime before it starts - and can also be a useful way of helping communities socially.

And how many crimes are being committed while these police are wasting everybody's time making money in St Giles?
I would prefer to see these policemen patrolling our streets, as they used to do in the old days. A "bobby on the beat" can deter crime before it starts - and can also be a useful way of helping communities socially. And how many crimes are being committed while these police are wasting everybody's time making money in St Giles? Oxonian
  • Score: 7

11:12am Sat 26 Jul 14

MrSooty says...

Homer,
I've seen a speed camera at the following locations;
on the B480 out of Cowley towards BBL parked on the bend just before the roundabout,on a Sunday morning(!)
at the junction opposite the crematorium in Barton, pointing up the hill;
opposite the Peugeot garage on Iffley Rd pointing toward Rose Hill;
Between Towns Rd by the Florence Park junction pointing toward Cowley;
in the dip as you leave Kennington going to Radley;
both laybys on the Eastern bypass near the Green Rd roundabout
Drive defensively-expect to meet them round any corner !
Homer, I've seen a speed camera at the following locations; on the B480 out of Cowley towards BBL parked on the bend just before the roundabout,on a Sunday morning(!) at the junction opposite the crematorium in Barton, pointing up the hill; opposite the Peugeot garage on Iffley Rd pointing toward Rose Hill; Between Towns Rd by the Florence Park junction pointing toward Cowley; in the dip as you leave Kennington going to Radley; both laybys on the Eastern bypass near the Green Rd roundabout Drive defensively-expect to meet them round any corner ! MrSooty
  • Score: 3

12:20pm Sat 26 Jul 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Like I said, only in areas where it is very east to catch motorists, not ON Blackbird Leys, Rose Hill near the schools, shops or where children play. Serious accidents this year in St Giles, zero, so no justification for the speed trap there apart from to make money.
Like I said, only in areas where it is very east to catch motorists, not ON Blackbird Leys, Rose Hill near the schools, shops or where children play. Serious accidents this year in St Giles, zero, so no justification for the speed trap there apart from to make money. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -5

6:51pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
Like I said, only in areas where it is very east to catch motorists, not ON Blackbird Leys, Rose Hill near the schools, shops or where children play. Serious accidents this year in St Giles, zero, so no justification for the speed trap there apart from to make money.
The only reason it would be difficult would be if the vast majority of motorists were sticking to the 20mph speed limit.

Weren't many of the roads in BBL and Rosehill redesigned with bends and bumps to inhibit speed anyway?

Driving faster than the speed limit in full view of a speed camera is a lifestyle choice.
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: Like I said, only in areas where it is very east to catch motorists, not ON Blackbird Leys, Rose Hill near the schools, shops or where children play. Serious accidents this year in St Giles, zero, so no justification for the speed trap there apart from to make money.[/p][/quote]The only reason it would be difficult would be if the vast majority of motorists were sticking to the 20mph speed limit. Weren't many of the roads in BBL and Rosehill redesigned with bends and bumps to inhibit speed anyway? Driving faster than the speed limit in full view of a speed camera is a lifestyle choice. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 8

6:15am Sun 27 Jul 14

Danny3 says...

St Giles is poorly engineered. It feels like a safe area to drive at 30mph in, but it's fully of people parking, pedestrians crossing, cyclists entering from unexpected directions, drivers doing u-turns, and so forth. So it's an area that really needs to be 20mph.

But the right way to get the traffic to stay at that speed is to rearchitect the space to make that seem the natural speed. Direct enforcement is all well and good, but can't be maintained continuously.
St Giles is poorly engineered. It feels like a safe area to drive at 30mph in, but it's fully of people parking, pedestrians crossing, cyclists entering from unexpected directions, drivers doing u-turns, and so forth. So it's an area that really needs to be 20mph. But the right way to get the traffic to stay at that speed is to rearchitect the space to make that seem the natural speed. Direct enforcement is all well and good, but can't be maintained continuously. Danny3
  • Score: -2

8:05am Mon 28 Jul 14

Geoff Roberts says...

The police keep doing these operations, the Oxford Mail keep reporting it, drivers continue to speed.

This is strategic skiving. Doing a big sweep somewhere high profile now rather than doing the right thing, which is dealing with the issue on a day-to-day basis.

St. Giles constantly gets this attention, nothing changes.

The council and police are neglecting or communities and too many drivers abuse us. Stop it!
The police keep doing these operations, the Oxford Mail keep reporting it, drivers continue to speed. This is strategic skiving. Doing a big sweep somewhere high profile now rather than doing the right thing, which is dealing with the issue on a day-to-day basis. St. Giles constantly gets this attention, nothing changes. The council and police are neglecting or communities and too many drivers abuse us. Stop it! Geoff Roberts
  • Score: -2

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