Speeding crackdown on Kings Hill
More than 60 drivers have been caught out in a crackdown
on speeding in Kings Hill.
Kings Hill Parish Council
representatives and Insp Nick Sparkes were at Gibson Drive on
Tuesday to announce the continunation of Operation Race –
which has seen police step up efforts to stop speeding on the
Police speed checks have been
conducted on six days since November – resulting in 33 fixed
penalties being handed out, 28 drivers being sent on driver
improvement schemes and two drivers summoned to court.
Residents have long
complained of drivers ignoring the 30mph speed limit, but as the
population of Kings Hill continues to grow they say the time has
come to clamp down before lives are lost.
Funded by Kent County Council
– following calls from residents and KCC Cllr for Kings Hill
Richard Long – the operation will run until April.
Parish councillor Dave Waller
said the council had also obtained a speed indicator device which
had recorded speeds of more than 60mph.
He said it was particularly
important to protect children as they walked to Kings Hill’s
schools, and hoped news of the operation would "make people realise
"This is a problem and we
want to fix it," he added. "Hopefully the exercise will make people
stop and think. We’re not doing it for fun. There are kids out
there. It’s dangerous and we want it to be safe."
Parish council chairman Sarah Barker said: "This is an
increasing population. We have the safety of residents, children
and visitors at heart. We must get across to people speeding is an
offence and there are speed limits on Kings Hill."
Insp Nick Sparkes, from Kent Police, said: “It’s a
real mix of people we’ve been dealing with, from visitors to the
estate to people living here. The message to them all is ‘you need
to reduce your speed’.”
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