Are 20mph zones ever enforced?
POLICE officers have been told not to carry out speed checks in 20mph zones in Exeter, according to a city councillor.
The decision has been blasted as outrageous by Ian Martin, who represents Mincinglake.
And he called on officers to carry out speed checks in Beacon Lane.
The police have told the Echo that there are a number of options, aside from radar checks, which they can use to get drivers to comply with 20mph limits.
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Cllr Martin said: "Speeding in Beacon Lane in front of the shops has come up as a police priority at forum meetings time after time. It has been a priority for the past eight years.
"I noticed that officers had tweeted that they had been doing speed checks in a 30mph zone on the edge of the city at Pinhoe, and asked for checks in Beacon Lane which is a 20mph zone.
"However, I understand from contacts at Middlemoor that because of an internal review there are to be no radar checks carried out in 20mph zones anywhere in Exeter at this time. This is outrageous."
Cllr Martin added: "Beacon Lane is a route to school and, come the end of this month, I would hope that police officers would be able to carry out checks to prevent the possibility of anyone being killed.
"So many children, especially teenagers, are oblivious to traffic."
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: "It is important that motorists are able to perceive, understand and comply with 20mph limits and zones.
"To achieve this, adequate signing and speed reducing features are required in accordance with guidelines published by the Department for Transport. Local liaison takes place with the highway authority over the implementation and enforcement of these lower speed limits.
"The police will adopt a proportionate approach to enforcement, applying agreed thresholds to underpin a consistent approach. This approach will be based on risk to individuals, property and the seriousness of any breach of the limit.
"It should not be seen that enforcement is the sole arbiter of compliance with lower speed limits; the use of appropriate speed reducing features is necessary to encourage and engender compliance, making it obvious to motorists that the area is subject to a lower speed limit."
The spokesman added: "If action to curtail speed is to be considered within 20mph limits, a number of options can be considered.
"This may include high visibility patrols in the locality, speed limit indicator devices flashing the limit to traffic, letter drops in the area and Community Speed Watch.
"Enforcement through prosecution is a final resort and where evidence is available of wilful violations by specific offenders at known times of the day, enforcement action should be targeted at those identified times and offending motorists."
A Devon County Council spokesman said: "Our survey of 20mph zones is on-going."