Damerham Parish Council has for some time looked at the problem of the speed of traffic on the roads in and around the village.
To this end the Council have joined a scheme called Speedwatch. This has been undertaken in partnership with other neighboring Village Councils i.e Sandleheath, Rockbourne and Martin.
Members of the Parish are trained by the local Police Force to operate devices that can check the speed of passing motorists. If these vehicles are found to be breaking the appropriate speed limit their details are noted and the Police then send them a warning letter and a short explanation about the consequences of them speeding.
If the same vehicle is caught a second time a further letter is sent this time detailing the proceedure that would follow if a third occurance should take place. In this instance the offender is visited by the Police and warned that they could be further targeted and prosecution could follow.
The latest combined statistics are below
If you wish to get involved in this incentive in either Damerham or one of the surounding villages please use the contact page or your local Parish Council Councilors
Please would those who speed through our village bear in mind the following:-
On average, 10 people die and 100 people are seriously injured on Great Britain's roads each day.
Two-thirds of all crashes in which people are killed or injured happen on roads with a speed limit of 30mph or less. At 35mph a driver is twice as likely to kill someone as they are at 30mph.
Accident risk rises the faster a driver travels. At 25 per cent above the average speed, a driver is about six times more likely to have an accident than a driver
travelling at the average speed.
At 30mph, vehicles travel 44 feet (about three car lengths) every second. Even in good conditions, the difference in stopping distance between 30mph and 35mph is an extra 21 feet - more than two car lengths.
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