Police fail to act on motorcyclist clocked by THREE devices speeding at 101mph on a 40mph village road used by schoolchildren
- Speed guns clocked motorbike travelling at 101mph in Cambridgeshire village
- Concerned resident reported the rider to police twice but no action was taken
- Safety campaigners hit out at officers who are ‘not interested’ in the offence
A motorcyclist who was travelling at more than 100mph has evaded police action despite being clocked on three speed guns.
Devices captured the rider at 101mph along a road used by school children in Ramsey St. Mary’s, Cambridgeshire, where the limit is 40mph.
The motorbike was seen travelling down the same road four times in one day, at speeds of 54mph, 83mph, 84mph and 101mph, according to safety organisation Roadwatch.
Campaigners have now hit out at officers who are ‘not interested’ in the offence despite it being reported to them twice.
The speeding took place on October 25 and was caught on three devices – a dash cam, a camera on the verge of the road and a small camera on a lamppost.
Resident Michael Drury, who lives beside the stretch of road, reported the incident to the Cambridgeshire Police via its website.
Mr Drury claims he did not receive a response so called the non-emergency police number to raise the issue.
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The police said they would not treat the incident as a crime as the speed guns used by Roadwatch were not calibrated.
Mr Drury said: ‘I am quite concerned about it all as people often walk on the side of the road or on the grass verge next to it because there is no footpath.
‘Just the other day I saw about 10 children get off a school bus and walk down the side of the road to get home and it’s just so dangerous if people are driving irresponsibly.’
The speeding was caught on three devices – a dash cam, a camera on the verge of the road and a small camera on a lamppost
Roadwatch claim the motorcyclist broke Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002.
This states a police officer can take action if there are reasonable grounds to believe an individual has used their vehicle in a manner that causes alarm, distress or annoyance.
David McCandless, the coordinator of Cambridgeshire Roadwatch, said: ‘Our speed guns are calibrated, but either way, you don’t need speed guns to see that this is clearly an example of anti-social use of a vehicle and dangerous driving.
‘Even the sound on the videos alone is enough to show that this is anti-social behaviour.
‘Despite all the words the police say on their website about being there for the community, they’re just not interested. I don’t feel the police have handled this well at all.’
The motorbike was seen travelling down the same road four times in one day, at speeds of 54mph, 83mph, 84mph and 101mph
A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said: ‘For a motorist to be prosecuted for speeding, the evidence has to be captured on a calibrated and certified device.
‘We urge all motorists to drive within the designated speed for the road, but remember that they are limits and not targets. It’s important we are all driving to the conditions in an effort to avoid collisions.
‘As well as regular speeding enforcement campaigns by our road policing unit we have a team of dedicated Speedwatch volunteers who help to combat the issue in local communities.’
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