Being offensive, rude or obstructive will not be tolerated
The speed reduction teams work in our local communities to make the roads a safer place. By liaising with the local community, local parish councils, and collision data, the safety vans are located where there may be a problem.
We know the majority of people understand the importance of complying with the speed limits in the county and in local communities, and are supportive of action taken to slow drivers down and enforce where necessary.
Occasionally the speed reduction officers are faced with drivers being obstructive, rude and abusive. This is an offence, and we take action when this happens. One of our officers recently investigated an offence where a driver obstructed a safety camera van. By the time the driver had got home he realised his behaviour was unacceptable.
"I can only apologise for my unacceptable behaviour"
On this occasion the offence was dealt with by one of our roads policing officers and after investigation it was resolved by way of a community resolution, with the driver apologising for his actions and writing an apology to the speed reduction officer.
It won’t always be the case that offences are dealt with this way. The speed reduction officers are designated police support officers which means any attempts at obstructing them in the course of their duties may result in offenders being charged or summoned to court.