Daylight robbery in Adderbury

Thames Valley Police speed cops have been targeting Adderbury for some time now.  Sadly, they have discovered an easy target, provided by the Couny Council highways team who have designated Aynho Road and Banbury Road as 30 mph limits when both roads look and drive like country de-restricted roads.    

speed_gunI have come to expect and to look for speed cops sitting comfortably in their  camera van outside the Primary School in Adderbury at least once per week but we seem to have a new and more subversive strategy emerging.  A few weeks ago there was a team of speed cops lurking in Summers Close in dark and unmarked uniforms, ready to spring out and zap motorists exceeding the absurd 30 mph limit on this road.  Seeing them in action brought to my mind the phrase “Thieves in the night”, based on the hidden and furtive manner in which they operated.

However, we now seem to have moved to “Daylight robbery” with Thames Valley  Police Officers skulking in Griffin Close, lacking any distinctive warning garb and pouncing on unsuspecting motorists driving along this road out of Banbury and Bodicote with not the slightest idea that this wide road with open fields on one side and houses well laid back from the road on the other has a stupid 30 mph speed limit.

Ask them why they are not out catching real criminals and they will probably say they are traffic police.  If this is true, why are they not catching criminals who have stolen cars or targeting drug dealers or others who threaten our social cohesion?  I suspect because zapping unwitting motorists exceeding a stupid speed limit are much easier prey.

I am minded to make a Freedom of Information request to our Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioner to discover the take in fines on these roads to date.  I rather suspect he will not tell me …..

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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One Response to Daylight robbery in Adderbury

  1. Its funny, I have exactly the opposite problem, Send them down to Ascott under Wychwood there are lots of speeding cars through the 30 mph limit of the village and the police don’t care. I managed to get them out once and they “caught” loads of people speeding past the school, didn’t give them tickets and won’t come out again as they said its worse in other areas of West Oxon. In the coppers defense, the stats for people surviving being hit by a car are shocking. 80% chance of surviving at 30 mph and 80% of fatality at 40 mph. If the speed limit on the road is incorrect, perhaps you should raise it with your county council, I hear they are really good at listening to the concerns of residents when formulating policy, which is great. You wouldn’t want a council where councillors get lobbied by local MP’s and push though any old ill-conceived rubbish.

    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/corporate/if-leaflet.pdf

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