Police defend why 60mph speedsters in Welwyn Garden City weren’t prosecuted

PUBLISHED: 12:31 29 October 2011

A Pcso carries out the speed enforcement operation in WGC

A Pcso carries out the speed enforcement operation in WGC

POLICE have defended why two motorists clocked speeding at more than 60mph in a 30mph zone were not prosecuted – saying it would not have been enforceable in court.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times reported last week how speed monitoring operations had been carried out in Valley Road, Parkway and Applecroft Road, in WGC.

More than 150 warning letters were sent to those found to be driving at 35mph or above – with the two worst offenders clocked driving at twice the speed limit.

Had they been prosecuted and taken to court, they would have almost certainly lost their licences.

But the motorists escaped further punishment because it was a monitoring, not an enforcement, operation.

Our story led to criticism of the police on www.whtimes24.co.uk

Imogen Mann posted: “So let me see if I understand this... The police have caught two people doing twice the legal limit, but are NOT prosecuting them based on this being a monitoring not an enforcement?

“Again... caught doing TWICE the legal limit... and NOT prosecuted??”

Another poster, ‘dog lover’, called it “absolutely disgusting”.

They wrote: “The more these speeding idiots get away with just a warning is sending out a message to other motorists to 
start thinking it’s ok, it’s absolutely laughable.”

But police have this week insisted prosecutions would not have been enforceable in court, because the equipment used was a speed monitoring device, not a fully-calibrated laser gun.

And the monitoring had paved the way for follow-up speed checks this past week.

And, although no-one fell foul of the standard punishment – £60 fines and three penalty points, or court action – words of advice was dished out to half-a-dozen motorists caught “just” over the limit.

A spokeswoman said: “The monitoring is in addition to the speed checks.

“It’s not one or the other – they both have important roles.

“We hope this helps gets the message across that we are tackling this issue and acts as a deterrent to speeding motorists.”

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