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Police To Monitor Speeding Hotspot

Thursday May 23 2013

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POLICE have vowed to monitor a speeding hotspot after 14 vehicles were caught exceeding the limit in one afternoon.

The fastest recorded car was travelling at 47mph on the 30mph stretch of Ben Bank Road in Silkstone Common.

PC Matt Jackson, from Penistone Police Station, took part in the operation.

"It's obviously a concern with the amount of traffic and pedestrians on there and we would encourage people to abide by speed limits," he said.

"It's quite worrying people are travelling at up 47mph in the village. We will give the area some attention in the coming days and weeks."

The camera was in Silkstone Common between 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday May 8 and tickets were issued to all speeding drivers.

Offenders will be sent on a speed awareness course, fined and issued with penalty points or sent to court.

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Reply Posted by Tommy on Thursday May 23 2013 at 09:46
£840 in 2 hours, easy money. I lived in Silkstone Common for many years and do not recall any serious accidents on this road but it is a wide and very quiet road (especially between 1pm and 3pm) so it is a nice little earner for whoever collects the fines these days.

Reply Posted by Grim on Saturday June 1 2013 at 18:15
Seriously? Who do you think collects the money? Why do morons always assume that the Police do it for fun or for the money. It is purely about road safety. If idiots could drive well and safely then the Police could go and do other things instead. But they can't......

Reply Posted by Tom Molloy on Thursday May 23 2013 at 10:07
I was caught on a camera in October last year doing 34 in a 30. I think 47 in a 30 is excessive though. Some of the roads classed as 30 are which are wide with little residence around there are over the top and really border line between the 30 and 40 so for the sake of being PC will opt for the lower limit.
With crime high in certain areas of Barnsley I just can't help thinking police resources would be better allocated elsewhere.

Reply Posted by Fred on Monday May 27 2013 at 17:24
The police that catch people speeding are TRAFIC POLICE, so no good saying the police resources would be better allocated elsewhere

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Monday May 27 2013 at 18:18
Not strictly true Fred. The SNT's can be trained in the use of a radar gun as well as the road police group and the safety camera van.

Reply Posted by Jon on Thursday May 23 2013 at 10:07
Perhaps you ought to put up a big sign saying that there are police cameras there when you do it instead of trying to catch people by stealth. Indistinct vans with cameras and policemen... not singular, normally at least 2 officers hiding round corners or in bushes do not work. Fixed speed cameras, speed monitoring signs which display peoples speed and traffic calming measures do work and are more adhered to.
Catching people by stealth does not earn the police respect for slowing people down, it tarnishes the image of the police and makes people feel ripped off and cheated. Manage things properly instead of upsetting people and you will gain respect and trust... this is all part of the reason that the police have such a bad reputation.
You certainly do not help yourselves.

Reply Posted by Terry on Monday May 27 2013 at 17:22
You should not be speeding full stop
If you get caught speeding - good, maybe the police then have stopped a child getting killed by you and you spending a long time in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.
So before you write crap about them hiding and trying to catch people by stealth - think about the families that have had members killed by these speeding drivers.

Reply Posted by Kylie on Wednesday May 29 2013 at 09:28
1) camera vans are not manned by police MEN or police WOMEN for that matter, they are civilian members of staff who work for the camera safety partnership, which is a seperate entity of south yorkshire police ...
2) You talk about officers hiding behind bushes ... they use laser devises which have to be used in direct sightline of the vehicle, they are extremely sensitive machines which will not travel through objects or density and have to hit a reflective surface of the vehicle so the myth of police hiding behind bushes, walls or any other object is false ..
3) If people didn't speed in the first place, they wouldn't get caught, it's that simple. People are not prepared to face up to the consequences of their actions, you speed, you get caught, you are dealt with, people blame their actions on the police because they are just not "man" enough to step up and accept they have done something wrong. It's not about doing it for the money, you ask any officer, they are not paid on commission, they are not interested in making the government money, the majority of them do not like the government for the recent cuts that have been made, police do this because they see the consequences of what speed can do, yes it doesn't happen all the time but it happens and the police are left to then pick up the pieces, picking body parts up, cleaning the deceased at the mortuary so that they are presentable to be viewed, informing the loved ones what has happened, taking them to view their son/daughter etc .... so when you say police rip people off by issuing tickets for doing 47 in a 30, tell me, if your loved one was hit and killed by a driver doing 47 in a 30, would you feel like them being "ripped" off by the police? or should they be advised and let off ???? .....

Reply Posted by grim on Saturday June 1 2013 at 18:17
The only people who think like you are the ones who speed and then moan about getting caught. I think the more stealthy the better so speeders get the message. Your comment is a load of bunkum.

Reply Posted by Steve on Thursday May 23 2013 at 10:13
Stop moaning and slow down.
I got done this week, My fault not the guy with the camera.

Reply Posted by Jon on Thursday May 23 2013 at 13:35
We are not moaning we are commenting. You'll be pleased to know that I have a full clean licence with no speeding points and that I also have a van for my own business which has a speed limiter fitted on to it. I don't like speeding, I just hate the stealth tactics more. Why hide, why not be honest about what you are doing and see what difference the signs make to speeding traffic.

Reply Posted by Jon on Thursday May 23 2013 at 13:36
In fact you're moaning about us moaning.....

Reply Posted by Steve on Thursday May 23 2013 at 10:19
Average speed cameras across the stretch of road will sort this they've done it through greenocide going into Sheffield

Reply Posted by birdie on Thursday May 23 2013 at 10:30
they should try going on burton road monk bretton its shocking there, its quite a long stretch and some people must think its a good place to get there speed up cos no way half of them are doin 30 and its worse now since the bypass was built they'd make loads with their camera there

Reply Posted by Kelly on Thursday May 23 2013 at 10:46
At end of day you shouldn't be speeding, if police hide in bushes or wteva, if you stuck to speed limot you shouldn't have to complain, your fault if you get caught not theirs

Reply Posted by stan on Thursday May 23 2013 at 11:25
On reading some of these answers it seems like the polices fault that they are speeding and not the drivers.An answer to "the police could be doing other things" yes the could instead of attending killed and badly injured people on the roads from speeders

Reply Posted by Jon on Thursday May 23 2013 at 13:29
I agree people should slow down and I also agree with speed cameras, what I don't agree with is wasting resources. A camera does not need 2 police officers tethered to the end of it to catch speeding motorists.
A speed camera does not also need to be recording to slow people down - if it is clearly marked. Simple marking and cameras put in place makes areas safer and slows people down.
Likewise, a visible police force on the streets doing crime prevention work instead of revenue raising also drives down crime. Police can be doing other things, and doubling the work done. Hiding to catch people is not about teaching people a lesson, it's about raising funds for the central government not local forces.

Reply Posted by Bunkum on Saturday June 1 2013 at 18:19
2 officers offer better evidence at court hence the two tethered as you put it. So that the magistrates beleive the Police and not cheating lying speeding civilians.

Reply Posted by Fred on Thursday May 23 2013 at 12:22
Speed cameras are needed on Engine Lane, the section near the school is 30mph & further down near the bend it is 40mph - increasing to 50mph towards Sash.... However some people seem to think they can just do 70-80mph along the whole stretch..... is it any wonder 2 people just got killed when their car left the road and ploughed into a house

Reply Posted by Jon on Thursday May 23 2013 at 13:33
Well said Fred, Speed Cameras are needed. People slow down for the camera, radar gun, traffic car - not for the 2 officers stood at the side of the road. If it's all about road safety and to prevent accidents having police out there with speed guns, lets give them little parking books and get them to go out and give parking tickets to all the illegal parkers too who double park causing traffic to swerve into the middle of the road, to those who park too close to road junctions, to those who illegally park at night facing the wrong direction. Just as likely to cause accidents and raise revenue.

Reply Posted by M@ on Thursday May 23 2013 at 16:39
To blame the council for 2 kids driving to fast and their death is a bit strong... It's sad they died but it's not the councils fault they didnt stick to the speed limit,

Reply Posted by Fred on Monday May 27 2013 at 17:27
Where anywhere in my comment did I say the council were to blame for their deaths - the blame is on the stupid idiots that seem to think they can do 70-80mph round a bend in a 30-40mph limit.

Reply Posted by king louis on Thursday May 23 2013 at 14:26
Since the introduction of safety cameras the accident rates have actually risen as people have reduced their speed but money is money and who will stop taking that?. It's the sat nav, phone, texting, facebook, and food and drink devoured while driving that make bad drivers

Reply Posted by M@ on Thursday May 23 2013 at 16:19
If we're picking places for speed checks.. may I suggest Sheffield Rd (From where the tracky sheds were to the cutting edge) I've been in the occasional taxi thats done 40+mph and i'm constantly overtaken in the evening by people doing what seems to be at least 40 by the time taken/distance they're in front!!

Reply Posted by m@ on Thursday May 23 2013 at 16:21
How about members of the public paying a fee (£50....?) having a speed gun/recorder fitted to their car which they drop in at the police once a month..and getting a comission for the amount they "spot" that'll cut it down!

Reply Posted by Sarah on Thursday May 23 2013 at 17:27
Anyone living on the main road through Silkstone Common knows it's like a racing track,especially at weekends.People do not slow down when going from 60 miles an hour to 30 when going through the village.No sympathy for anyone getting a ticket,they should slow down .

Reply Posted by Tony on Thursday May 23 2013 at 20:05
I don't understand this stealth argument, how can a couple of chaps in bright yellow jackets be acting stealthily? They tell us every week on here where they're gunna be and the van they use doesn't exactly blend into the background either.

Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday May 23 2013 at 20:19
Statistics prove that fixed speed cameras do nothing to cut accident rates.
Bobbies in their vans - well we all know where they are going to be on any given day as it is regularly reported in the press.
Within two minutes of the bobbies setting up their handheld cameras the locations are all over Facebook and other social media sites.

Has to be said though, how on earth can anyone exceed the speed limited on out substantially pot holed roads?

Reply Posted by paul on Friday May 24 2013 at 10:46
I'd like to suggest average speed cameras on Fish Damn Lane in Monk Bretton, i nearly had an accident the other day because someone overtook me near Carlton school and I was doing the speed limit and after they pulled in front of me they had to slam the brakes on because of the speed camera. If I hadn't have had the forethought to slow down and increase the distance between us I would have easily gone into the back of Him/Her. This is the reason I am investing in a dash cam.

Reply Posted by observer on Friday May 24 2013 at 10:48
have to laugh at kellys comment. Kelly. do you see police hiding in the bushes awaiting people who might burgle your house?...there you go. catching speeding motorists. is easy money..end of. the money could be better put tu use

Reply Posted by Mark on Friday May 24 2013 at 18:26
lol I love these comments.. Look If you do 30mph not 31 or 34 then you wouldn't get caught. Its not hard is it? Looking at all the signs on the road and seeing what speed it is then slowing down to 30. No excuses. Speed kills. Even if its a national speed limit road or 20 mph estate street. Stick to it and then your covered for if ever there was an incident. If we all stick to the speed limits then the police wouldnt be getting a penny and that sounds more appleasing.

Reply Posted by Darton Resident on Monday May 27 2013 at 15:12

Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 19:13
DR they used to I've lived just round the corner for 30 odd years and in the early 90's they used to be a regular sight on Darton Lane.
Seems they have bigger fish to fry outside the former BP site.

Reply Posted by Ann on Monday May 27 2013 at 16:02
I am a community worker, and the speed some cars go is disgusting, especially early evening and late at night, bring in more speed camera's...if people cant stick to the speed limits then they deserve to be punished........ one day it will be too late !!!!!!!!!!