Chester West (The Avenues)

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Active Priorities

  • 15 January 2019 - Chester West - The Avenues
    At the Chester West PACT on Friday 3rd May it was agreed to keep the current priority regarding “Speeding Vehicles on Whitehill Way”. Motorists are being asked to take extra care when pedestrians are seen crossing the road, especially around Cestria Health Centre and the entrance to Gibside where there are elderly residents.
    Your next PACT meeting will take place on: -
    Friday 14th June 2019 commencing at 10 am

    Please come along and have your say in your area.

This is what we have done

  • 17 May 2019 - Chester West - The Avenues
    Monday 1st April 2019 Speedwatch completed on Whitehill Way
    50 vehicles passed
    31 were 30 mph or less
    14 were between 31 and 34 mph
    5 were over 35 mph, this is not a speeding issue today, drivers must be getting the message now to slow down. No further action will be taken this time but speedwatch will continue in this area.

    Monday April 1st 2019 Speedwatch completed on Waldridge Road.
    50 Vehicles passed
    26 were 30 mph or less
    10 were between 31 and 34 mph
    14 were over 35mph.
    Due to the high number of speeding motorists this is will get passed forward for further action by the Road Policing Unit.
    Monday 25th February 2019 Speedwatch completed on Whitehill Way
    50 Vehicles passed
    26 were 30 or less
    12 were between 31 and 34
    12 were over 35 mph.
    This data shows speeding which we know, it will get passed on for further action by the road policing unit.
    Wednesday 13th February 2019.  Speedwatch completed on Whitehill Way
    50 vehicles passed 35 were 30 or less
    6 were between 31 and 34 mph
    9 were over 35 mph. This is over the percentage so will get passed for further action by road policing unit.
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    Monday 14th January 2019 Speed-Watch completed on Whitehill Way: -
    33 Vehicles passed,
    17 were 30 or less
    4 were between 31 and 34 mph
    And 12 were over 35 mph. 
    Friday 4th January 2019 Whitehill Way has been subject to a speed enforcement campaign between 1st October and 31st December by Specials and Roads Policing Unit which has resulted in the following:

    8 drivers were verbally warned with regard to their anti-social tendencies to speed,
    13 drivers were issued with a Traffic Offence Report (TOR) and a further driver will be reported for court Process.

    In addition a driver was dealt with for No Insurance. As such the road will continue to be periodically targeted by RPU and Community Speed Watch for speed enforcement attention.
    Thursday 1st November 2018 From recent checks we have done on Waldridge Road between the two roundabouts, the enforcement team were out from 8/10/2018 to 22/10/2018 and the following results: -

    3 Drivers were given traffic offence orders, 10 were given verbal warnings about their anti-social tendencies to speed, 1 vehicle was seized for no insurance and 1 driver was issued with a 183 notice for anti-social driving.
    Speed limits are there for a reason.
    The facts
    • Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents
    • In 2013, 3,064 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a factor
    • The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph
    • Fatal accidents are four times as likely on rural “A” roads as urban “A” roads
    The law

    • You must not drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road and your type of vehicle. The speed limit is the absolute maximum and it doesn’t mean it's safe to drive at this speed in all conditions.
    The speed limit is a limit not a target!
     In some road conditions, including fog and rain and traffic flow, even driving at the speed limit could be too fast.
    Country roads often have sharp bends. Stay in control and give yourself time to react to unexpected hazards by braking before the bend, not in it
     Be aware that there may be unexpected hazards, such as blind bends, vehicles coming out of junctions and animals on country roads. The national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph, but there will be times you need to drive under that in order to drive correctly for the conditions. In fact most people do on these roads – the average free flow speed is 48mph.
    Driving too fast for the conditions is bad driving
     Driving too close to the car in front, undertaking and failing to signal are widely accepted as examples of bad driving. However, some drivers fail to accept that driving too fast is also poor driving despite the fact that this is a contributory factor in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year.
    Consider the consequences of causing an accident due to driving at excessive speed
    If you cause an accident you will have to live with the emotional consequences of deaths or injuries caused to others.

    Information from
    PCSO 7095 Brian Donnelly -

These are the policing priorities that local people have agreed with your policing team. You can have some influence on future policing priorities by attending your next PACT meeting.

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