Durham Police and Crime Commissioner funds speed guns for Darlington police

Darlington Police are cracking down on speeding drivers

Darlington Police are cracking down on speeding drivers

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by , Reporter (Darlington)

DURHAM Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg joined a speed watch session in Middleton St George after funding new laser guns for Darlington officers.

The new equipment clocked one driver travelling at 54mph through the village and Mr Hogg said it reinforces that road safety must remain a high priority for the force.

He said: “Tackling road safety is a key concern to our communities and is one of the policing priorities I have tasked the Chief Constable to focus on.

“The funding of these new laser guns will enable more officers to target speeding hotspots, particularly in residential areas.”

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7:56pm Fri 28 Mar 14

behonest says...

That's it Hoggy, you concentrate your efforts on taxing motorists for doing a few miles over the limit, and putting points on their licence. Such evil criminals deserve harsh punishment.

Meanwhile, in another Echo story today, a man in Hartlepool who beats someone up, has 15 previous convictions (including escaping from custody and breaking a man's jaw) walks away scot-free, with no real punishment.

Why is our 'justice' system such a pile of sh!te?
That's it Hoggy, you concentrate your efforts on taxing motorists for doing a few miles over the limit, and putting points on their licence. Such evil criminals deserve harsh punishment. Meanwhile, in another Echo story today, a man in Hartlepool who beats someone up, has 15 previous convictions (including escaping from custody and breaking a man's jaw) walks away scot-free, with no real punishment. Why is our 'justice' system such a pile of sh!te? behonest
  • Score: 7

10:27pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Red rose lad says...

Can Mr Hogg ask his Chief Constable to let us know why the mobile camera van is continually placed on Coniscliffe Road in Darlo on the way out of town just over the brow of the hill. The road is one of the widest in the borough with high visibility probably 10 feet back either side of the road. To my knowledge (correct me if I'm wrong) there appear to have been no reports of fatal/serious collisions, personal injury collisions, high density of accidents or any other obvious causation factors which are highlighted in the government guidance for camera placement. To the uninformed layman, it looks like a cynical attempt to raise revenue.
Can Mr Hogg ask his Chief Constable to let us know why the mobile camera van is continually placed on Coniscliffe Road in Darlo on the way out of town just over the brow of the hill. The road is one of the widest in the borough with high visibility probably 10 feet back either side of the road. To my knowledge (correct me if I'm wrong) there appear to have been no reports of fatal/serious collisions, personal injury collisions, high density of accidents or any other obvious causation factors which are highlighted in the government guidance for camera placement. To the uninformed layman, it looks like a cynical attempt to raise revenue. Red rose lad
  • Score: 9

11:08pm Fri 28 Mar 14

theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes says...

30 mph zones are there for a reason. In a 30 zone i stick to 25. Driving like a **** does not make you desirable to women, nor does it make you the envy of men. Speeding in built up areas highlights you as a man of inferior proportions who needs to get a hobby. Slow down, get a hobby, book the best hotel in town and use the manly smell of a pipe.
30 mph zones are there for a reason. In a 30 zone i stick to 25. Driving like a **** does not make you desirable to women, nor does it make you the envy of men. Speeding in built up areas highlights you as a man of inferior proportions who needs to get a hobby. Slow down, get a hobby, book the best hotel in town and use the manly smell of a pipe. theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes
  • Score: 10

11:12pm Fri 28 Mar 14

stevegg says...

They only want to target mainly law abiding citizens who make miner infringements of the law as they are quick easy hits for the police and dont give them the grief that career criminals do who know how to exploit the system to the max. Its an easy money generator as well.
They only want to target mainly law abiding citizens who make miner infringements of the law as they are quick easy hits for the police and dont give them the grief that career criminals do who know how to exploit the system to the max. Its an easy money generator as well. stevegg
  • Score: 2

5:02am Sat 29 Mar 14

johnny_p says...

Aaaaah yes- "speeding hotspots. Durham Police can fund speed guns (no, we the public fund them) and then they can be used in an area where it isn't necessary dangerous to be going a few miles an hour over the limit. Ron Hogg can waddle over to see what's going on, have an expenses paid lunch and then go back to "work" for a quick nap.

Could the Echo concentrate instead on whether or not Ron Hogg's expenses claim fraud issues have been resolved?
Aaaaah yes- "speeding hotspots. Durham Police can fund speed guns (no, we the public fund them) and then they can be used in an area where it isn't necessary dangerous to be going a few miles an hour over the limit. Ron Hogg can waddle over to see what's going on, have an expenses paid lunch and then go back to "work" for a quick nap. Could the Echo concentrate instead on whether or not Ron Hogg's expenses claim fraud issues have been resolved? johnny_p
  • Score: 7

9:23am Sat 29 Mar 14

st-george1 says...

Its sounds so like another party political broadcast on behalf of their sponsors and the Labour Party ... full of the usual promises, that allows the real most dangerous and inconsiderate offenders to go unchallenged !
Its sounds so like another party political broadcast on behalf of their sponsors and the Labour Party ... full of the usual promises, that allows the real most dangerous and inconsiderate offenders to go unchallenged ! st-george1
  • Score: 3

7:39pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Daza says...

Well done to Mr. Hogg for making speeding a priority

The same people on here would be calling for his head if one of their relatives was knocked over and killed in one of these areas

And......it's getting sooooo boring bringing up his expenses claims etc!
Well done to Mr. Hogg for making speeding a priority The same people on here would be calling for his head if one of their relatives was knocked over and killed in one of these areas And......it's getting sooooo boring bringing up his expenses claims etc! Daza
  • Score: -1

11:23am Sun 30 Mar 14

Homshaw1 says...

Red rose lad wrote:
Can Mr Hogg ask his Chief Constable to let us know why the mobile camera van is continually placed on Coniscliffe Road in Darlo on the way out of town just over the brow of the hill. The road is one of the widest in the borough with high visibility probably 10 feet back either side of the road. To my knowledge (correct me if I'm wrong) there appear to have been no reports of fatal/serious collisions, personal injury collisions, high density of accidents or any other obvious causation factors which are highlighted in the government guidance for camera placement. To the uninformed layman, it looks like a cynical attempt to raise revenue.
"A cynical attempt to raise money"

I was recently on the receiving end of a crime. Short of the crime being caught on camera there couldn't have been more evidence. The guy had also been arrested for carrying out a similar crime in the past and not charged. In spite of this the police did not press charges.

When I asked for the guy's details to take a civil action I was told they were prepared to release the information but wanted a payment of £80 up front at which point they would give me a more detailed quote.
[quote][p][bold]Red rose lad[/bold] wrote: Can Mr Hogg ask his Chief Constable to let us know why the mobile camera van is continually placed on Coniscliffe Road in Darlo on the way out of town just over the brow of the hill. The road is one of the widest in the borough with high visibility probably 10 feet back either side of the road. To my knowledge (correct me if I'm wrong) there appear to have been no reports of fatal/serious collisions, personal injury collisions, high density of accidents or any other obvious causation factors which are highlighted in the government guidance for camera placement. To the uninformed layman, it looks like a cynical attempt to raise revenue.[/p][/quote]"A cynical attempt to raise money" I was recently on the receiving end of a crime. Short of the crime being caught on camera there couldn't have been more evidence. The guy had also been arrested for carrying out a similar crime in the past and not charged. In spite of this the police did not press charges. When I asked for the guy's details to take a civil action I was told they were prepared to release the information but wanted a payment of £80 up front at which point they would give me a more detailed quote. Homshaw1
  • Score: 3

11:29am Sun 30 Mar 14

Homshaw1 says...

Daza wrote:
Well done to Mr. Hogg for making speeding a priority

The same people on here would be calling for his head if one of their relatives was knocked over and killed in one of these areas

And......it's getting sooooo boring bringing up his expenses claims etc!
Yes speeding is not acceptable. However the expenses issue needs sorting.
[quote][p][bold]Daza[/bold] wrote: Well done to Mr. Hogg for making speeding a priority The same people on here would be calling for his head if one of their relatives was knocked over and killed in one of these areas And......it's getting sooooo boring bringing up his expenses claims etc![/p][/quote]Yes speeding is not acceptable. However the expenses issue needs sorting. Homshaw1
  • Score: 3

1:57pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Red rose lad says...

Daza wrote:
Well done to Mr. Hogg for making speeding a priority

The same people on here would be calling for his head if one of their relatives was knocked over and killed in one of these areas

And......it's getting sooooo boring bringing up his expenses claims etc!
Hi Daza. I agree with you totally about speeding being a priority. I also think that we probably need a few more cameras. My point is that they could be better positioned and areas of greater risk targeted. The siting of some cameras seems to be driven by income generation rather than addressing risk and improving public safety. Unfortunately, Boss Hogg's focus is in the wrong area following budget cuts. Public safety should be his prime concern and he won't convince anyone it is when some cameras are so blatantly placed in areas of lower risk as I stated earlier. Show me the facts regarding fatalities, collisions and causation factors in this area and I'll shut my hole.
[quote][p][bold]Daza[/bold] wrote: Well done to Mr. Hogg for making speeding a priority The same people on here would be calling for his head if one of their relatives was knocked over and killed in one of these areas And......it's getting sooooo boring bringing up his expenses claims etc![/p][/quote]Hi Daza. I agree with you totally about speeding being a priority. I also think that we probably need a few more cameras. My point is that they could be better positioned and areas of greater risk targeted. The siting of some cameras seems to be driven by income generation rather than addressing risk and improving public safety. Unfortunately, Boss Hogg's focus is in the wrong area following budget cuts. Public safety should be his prime concern and he won't convince anyone it is when some cameras are so blatantly placed in areas of lower risk as I stated earlier. Show me the facts regarding fatalities, collisions and causation factors in this area and I'll shut my hole. Red rose lad
  • Score: -2

2:21pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Homshaw1 says...

Mr Hogg hardly has the moral high ground when his own staff can drive at 140 mph without being charged.
Mr Hogg hardly has the moral high ground when his own staff can drive at 140 mph without being charged. Homshaw1
  • Score: 5

4:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

bob.reckle says...

behonest wrote:
That's it Hoggy, you concentrate your efforts on taxing motorists for doing a few miles over the limit, and putting points on their licence. Such evil criminals deserve harsh punishment.

Meanwhile, in another Echo story today, a man in Hartlepool who beats someone up, has 15 previous convictions (including escaping from custody and breaking a man's jaw) walks away scot-free, with no real punishment.

Why is our 'justice' system such a pile of sh!te?
It's not the police that decide sentences, that's down to the courts. It's the courts that are the problem
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: That's it Hoggy, you concentrate your efforts on taxing motorists for doing a few miles over the limit, and putting points on their licence. Such evil criminals deserve harsh punishment. Meanwhile, in another Echo story today, a man in Hartlepool who beats someone up, has 15 previous convictions (including escaping from custody and breaking a man's jaw) walks away scot-free, with no real punishment. Why is our 'justice' system such a pile of sh!te?[/p][/quote]It's not the police that decide sentences, that's down to the courts. It's the courts that are the problem bob.reckle
  • Score: 0

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