Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Motorist apologises for speeding

After receiving the warning letter about speeding, a driver telephoned the police to apologise and claimed he was unaware of the 30mph limit

A motorist who was caught breaking the speed limit by police contacted officers to apologise.

The driver had received a letter as part of a community speedwatch operation held in the Stockland Green area of Erdington in Birmingham.

After receiving the warning letter, the driver telephoned the police to apologise and claimed he was unaware of the 30mph speed limit.

PCSO Duncan Long, from Birmingham North local policing unit, said: "As part of our community speedwatch operations I'd estimate we've sent out 600 letters. This is certainly the first time we've been contacted by a driver to apologise."

Community Speedwatch is an initiative aimed at raising awareness of speeding in residential areas. No prosecutions are instigated as a result of the speedwatch, but details of the offending vehicles are kept by officers and a warning letter is sent to the driver, advising them of the impact of speeding.

PCSO Long added: "Exceeding speed limits can put other road users, pedestrians, and people living on these roads at risk. When motorists see us carrying out these speed checks, or receive a letter, they are reminded of this and will consider the safety of themselves and others in the future.

"We don't expect to receive an apology from every motorist...we'll be happy if we can simply make them reconsider their driving and make our roads safer."

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