70 speeding tickets issued by police in city centre crackdown

Police were checking motorists' speed

Police were checking motorists' speed

First published in News

POLICE issued 70 speeding tickets on Wednesday as part of a crackdown in 20mph zones.

Motorists on St Giles were targeted by Thames Valley Police’s road policing team during the morning operation.

In June it was announced that motorists flouting the 20mph speed limits by as little as 4mph would face a £100 fine and three points on their licence or a £95 speed awareness course as an alternative.

Previously, police only fined motorists doing 32mph or more in a 20mph zone because a speed awareness course for those breaking the lower limit was not available.

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7:45am Tue 26 Aug 14

tinsel84 says...

Pathetic.
Pathetic. tinsel84
  • Score: -10

7:47am Tue 26 Aug 14

tinsel84 says...

Presumably they were looking out for tailgaters too? You do the speed limit anywhere in this county and someone behind has always got a problem with it.
Presumably they were looking out for tailgaters too? You do the speed limit anywhere in this county and someone behind has always got a problem with it. tinsel84
  • Score: 4

7:48am Tue 26 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

What is so special about St Giles where there has been no reports of any accidents, oh yes, it's the easiest road to catch motorists.
What is so special about St Giles where there has been no reports of any accidents, oh yes, it's the easiest road to catch motorists. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 3

7:57am Tue 26 Aug 14

Joe Chapman says...

"Excellent, I've got another easy job tomorrow"
"Excellent, I've got another easy job tomorrow" Joe Chapman
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

20mph is a pathetic speed limit, I've got a 2litre diesel and I have to leave it in 3rd most of the time when I'm in a 30 limit, in a 20 I reckon I'd have to get out and push, I can understand why some limits are in place, but modern cars aren't designed to drive so slow.........and the council wonder why they still have a problem with air pollution.....
20mph is a pathetic speed limit, I've got a 2litre diesel and I have to leave it in 3rd most of the time when I'm in a 30 limit, in a 20 I reckon I'd have to get out and push, I can understand why some limits are in place, but modern cars aren't designed to drive so slow.........and the council wonder why they still have a problem with air pollution..... Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -8

1:22pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Danny3 says...

St Giles is full of cyclists entering, pedestrians crossing everywhere, motorists doing u-turns, and so forth, so the speed limit there should be 20mph, if not even lower. (Before the predictable howls from the usual suspects, think about whether you really need to get to the Beaumont St traffic jam 5 seconds faster.) But the space needs to be redesigned so that *feels* like the right speed.
St Giles is full of cyclists entering, pedestrians crossing everywhere, motorists doing u-turns, and so forth, so the speed limit there should be 20mph, if not even lower. (Before the predictable howls from the usual suspects, think about whether you really need to get to the Beaumont St traffic jam 5 seconds faster.) But the space needs to be redesigned so that *feels* like the right speed. Danny3
  • Score: 4

6:27pm Tue 26 Aug 14

the wizard says...

OHHHHHhhhhh WOWWWWwwwww EeEEeeeeeee!

Such easy money for the Police. However the man power is available for this but not for stopping cyclists from hounding pedestrians off the pavement and into the road, not available to clamp down OUTSIDE of Oxford on all the drivers with phones glued to their ears, such as the Botley to Eynsham rat run every week day evening, not available to clamp down on the tailgating on the A34 which leads to accidents, not available to check all the young lads driving "modified" cars with very questionably loud exhausts and non standard "modifications", not available to tacho check overseas truck drivers, their vehicles and their loads, un available to start warning riders various about the approaching dark nights and the need for good working lights, but oh yes, on a wide road with good vision, BANG heavy fine on a soft target, somebody somewhere sat behind a desk has a sick view of proportion and perspective. Its always Oxford, but rarely anywhere else, do these guys have chords that do not extend outside the City and are they programmed to deliver one task only, as its starting to look that way.

I'm sure the public would really love to know just how much pressure is being put on plod to carry this out after they said it was non enforcable. Just who is pulling the REAL strings here, the Police? doubtful or the council ? maybe, or the colleges ?, the mind boggles.
OHHHHHhhhhh WOWWWWwwwww EeEEeeeeeee! Such easy money for the Police. However the man power is available for this but not for stopping cyclists from hounding pedestrians off the pavement and into the road, not available to clamp down OUTSIDE of Oxford on all the drivers with phones glued to their ears, such as the Botley to Eynsham rat run every week day evening, not available to clamp down on the tailgating on the A34 which leads to accidents, not available to check all the young lads driving "modified" cars with very questionably loud exhausts and non standard "modifications", not available to tacho check overseas truck drivers, their vehicles and their loads, un available to start warning riders various about the approaching dark nights and the need for good working lights, but oh yes, on a wide road with good vision, BANG heavy fine on a soft target, somebody somewhere sat behind a desk has a sick view of proportion and perspective. Its always Oxford, but rarely anywhere else, do these guys have chords that do not extend outside the City and are they programmed to deliver one task only, as its starting to look that way. I'm sure the public would really love to know just how much pressure is being put on plod to carry this out after they said it was non enforcable. Just who is pulling the REAL strings here, the Police? doubtful or the council ? maybe, or the colleges ?, the mind boggles. the wizard
  • Score: -2

9:23pm Tue 26 Aug 14

grandconjuration says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
20mph is a pathetic speed limit, I've got a 2litre diesel and I have to leave it in 3rd most of the time when I'm in a 30 limit, in a 20 I reckon I'd have to get out and push, I can understand why some limits are in place, but modern cars aren't designed to drive so slow.........and the council wonder why they still have a problem with air pollution.....
What a load of tosh.

"I've got a 2litre diesel and I have to leave it in 3rd most of the time when I'm in a 30 limit, in a 20 I reckon I'd have to get out and push, I can understand why some limits are in place, but modern cars aren't designed to drive so slow"

You need to take some driving lessons. One of my cars is a 2 litre diesel and I have no problem. The torque of a diesel engine makes it a doddle to drive slowly in a high gear.

"and the council wonder why they still have a problem with air pollution"

If you care so much about air pollution then why drive through a city with a 2 litre diesel? I don't think you actually care about air pollution, it's just one of the foolish justifications that speeders spout out in an attempt to justify their law-breaking.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: 20mph is a pathetic speed limit, I've got a 2litre diesel and I have to leave it in 3rd most of the time when I'm in a 30 limit, in a 20 I reckon I'd have to get out and push, I can understand why some limits are in place, but modern cars aren't designed to drive so slow.........and the council wonder why they still have a problem with air pollution.....[/p][/quote]What a load of tosh. "I've got a 2litre diesel and I have to leave it in 3rd most of the time when I'm in a 30 limit, in a 20 I reckon I'd have to get out and push, I can understand why some limits are in place, but modern cars aren't designed to drive so slow" You need to take some driving lessons. One of my cars is a 2 litre diesel and I have no problem. The torque of a diesel engine makes it a doddle to drive slowly in a high gear. "and the council wonder why they still have a problem with air pollution" If you care so much about air pollution then why drive through a city with a 2 litre diesel? I don't think you actually care about air pollution, it's just one of the foolish justifications that speeders spout out in an attempt to justify their law-breaking. grandconjuration
  • Score: 8

10:09pm Tue 26 Aug 14

the wizard says...

If you care so much about air pollution then why drive through a city with a 2 litre diesel? I don't think you actually care about air pollution, it's just one of the foolish justifications that speeders spout out in an attempt to justify their law-breaking.

Not strictly true. Many Turbo D engines have their tick over set at around 1000 rpm to combat low rev emissions to pass the MOT test.
Yes they have very healthy torque but driving them at low rpm is definatley not efficient, nor is it practical.

I'm all for 20 mph on housing estates and such, but St Giles, a major through route, oh please, do us all a favour. If it's policed at 30mph then I don't see the problem, but just where is the high level of pedestrian presence to warrant 20 mph, and if the levels are so high then why haven't pedestrian crossings been added before now to reflect that. This is cash generation for the sakes of it. Pathetic.

I don't recall a high instance of pedestrians being knocked down on St Giles, and if so where are the figures to support this measure, another move put in place by a council devoid of ideas and application, because it sounded good and brings in money. Have they nothing better to do, cycling two abreast on Iffley Road causes more mayhem yet nothing is done about that, and its more dangerous too.
If you care so much about air pollution then why drive through a city with a 2 litre diesel? I don't think you actually care about air pollution, it's just one of the foolish justifications that speeders spout out in an attempt to justify their law-breaking. Not strictly true. Many Turbo D engines have their tick over set at around 1000 rpm to combat low rev emissions to pass the MOT test. Yes they have very healthy torque but driving them at low rpm is definatley not efficient, nor is it practical. I'm all for 20 mph on housing estates and such, but St Giles, a major through route, oh please, do us all a favour. If it's policed at 30mph then I don't see the problem, but just where is the high level of pedestrian presence to warrant 20 mph, and if the levels are so high then why haven't pedestrian crossings been added before now to reflect that. This is cash generation for the sakes of it. Pathetic. I don't recall a high instance of pedestrians being knocked down on St Giles, and if so where are the figures to support this measure, another move put in place by a council devoid of ideas and application, because it sounded good and brings in money. Have they nothing better to do, cycling two abreast on Iffley Road causes more mayhem yet nothing is done about that, and its more dangerous too. the wizard
  • Score: -6

10:44pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Jameslouis says...

From the beginning of September all drivers in Oxford will be given daily updates twice a day on Facebook of where the police camera'a are on that particular day so that they cannot hand out so many tickets.

Wheatley and Barton and other other places in Oxford are rife with serious drug dealers and yet where are the police, yes you have guessed, handing out parking tickets, Pathetic or what and typically lazy.
From the beginning of September all drivers in Oxford will be given daily updates twice a day on Facebook of where the police camera'a are on that particular day so that they cannot hand out so many tickets. Wheatley and Barton and other other places in Oxford are rife with serious drug dealers and yet where are the police, yes you have guessed, handing out parking tickets, Pathetic or what and typically lazy. Jameslouis
  • Score: -5

6:25am Wed 27 Aug 14

Sophia says...

Road casualty rates have been falling in the UK for many decades. We now have the safest roads in Europe per mile traveled. So WHY was the speed limit lowered - not because road safety was getting worse because it was getting BETTER. The 20 mph limit was opposed by the police. It was the work of the Nanny Statists on the council who fidget fidget fidget with our lives while making a complete mess of our schools, highway maintenance, child abuse traffic congestion etc etc. Stopping someone for driving at 23 mph is an absurd waste of police time and oppressive
Road casualty rates have been falling in the UK for many decades. We now have the safest roads in Europe per mile traveled. So WHY was the speed limit lowered - not because road safety was getting worse because it was getting BETTER. The 20 mph limit was opposed by the police. It was the work of the Nanny Statists on the council who fidget fidget fidget with our lives while making a complete mess of our schools, highway maintenance, child abuse traffic congestion etc etc. Stopping someone for driving at 23 mph is an absurd waste of police time and oppressive Sophia
  • Score: 1

8:44am Wed 27 Aug 14

grandconjuration says...

"Not strictly true. Many Turbo D engines have their tick over set at around 1000 rpm to combat low rev emissions to pass the MOT test.
Yes they have very healthy torque but driving them at low rpm is definatley not efficient, nor is it practical."

Quick test this morning in my 2 litre diesel. 20 mph is 1200 rpm in 3rd gear, the car is not idling and under complete control.

The fuel consumption at 20 mph in 3rd gear was identical to 30 mph in 4th gear, while doing 30 mph in 3rd gear used more fuel. Therefore, emissions at 20 mph are not greater than 30 mph.
"Not strictly true. Many Turbo D engines have their tick over set at around 1000 rpm to combat low rev emissions to pass the MOT test. Yes they have very healthy torque but driving them at low rpm is definatley not efficient, nor is it practical." Quick test this morning in my 2 litre diesel. 20 mph is 1200 rpm in 3rd gear, the car is not idling and under complete control. The fuel consumption at 20 mph in 3rd gear was identical to 30 mph in 4th gear, while doing 30 mph in 3rd gear used more fuel. Therefore, emissions at 20 mph are not greater than 30 mph. grandconjuration
  • Score: 0
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