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Over 300 speeding offences recorded in Longtown

police traffic car[P]olice have responded to the concerns of residents in Longtown to clamp down on speeding motorists.

Over the past three months police have monitored traffic travelling through Longtown from Carlisle and south Scotland. During seven one-hour deployments on English Street, Longtown, police have issued 322 notices of intended prosecution (NIP) for speeding offences.

A NIP is issued to the registered vehicle keeper within 14 days of an offence being committed and indicates that the driver at fault may face prosecution.

The highest speed an offending vehicle has been caught at, during the deployments, was 60mph, double the speed limit on that stretch of the A7.

Sergeant Katie Rickerby said: “This was an issue raised by the local community. We listened to their concerns and worked with partner agencies to get an enforcement bay painted which has resulted in our enforcement action.

“Following the work we have conducted, it is clear that there is a large scale non-compliance issue for the 30mph speed limit within Longtown. On one of our deployments we found that 87 vehicles were travelling over the speed limit. This is simply not acceptable as lives are being put at risk due to reckless speeding in a built-up area.

“I’m sure nobody would want to hear of a serious or fatal road traffic collision occurring on that stretch of road but that is fast becoming a realistic possibility. We will continue to attend this location on a regular basis to take action.”

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