Many drivers stopped after Police respond to public concern over anti-social driving in Ashford, Ditton and Bearsted

Contributed by editor on Feb 25, 2017 - 04:50 PM

A man from Ashford was just one of the many drivers stopped by Police after he was clocked travelling at 61 mph in a 30 mph zone.


Fifteen drivers have been reported for traffic offences after officers attended three different locations to promote road safety and tackle anti-social driving.

Crews from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit visited roads in Ditton, Bearsted and Ashford following reports from residents about speeding motorists.

This was carried out between Saturday 18 February and Monday 20 February 2017.

Roads patrolled included the A20 in Ditton, Ashford Road in Bearsted and Maidstone Road in Ashford.

Fifteen drivers who received traffic offence reports were mainly reported for speeding.

The reports have been passed on to Kent Police’s Central Processing Unit, which will decide an appropriate course of action against the motorists.

Among those stopped was a 33-year-old man from Parkwood in Maidstone.


As well as being stopped for travelling at excess speed in Ashford Road, he was arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis. He will be appearing before Maidstone Magistrates’.


Vehicle seized

A 36-year-old man from Ashford also had his vehicle seized for not having a valid licence or insurance. He was also reported for driving at 91mph on the M20 near Charing.

Another man, aged 23 and from Aylesford, was reported for travelling at 64mph in 30 mph section of Ashford Road for failing to stop when requested to do so.

Sergeant Chris Wade, from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: ‘The main purpose of this enforcement action is to educate drivers on the importance of driving safely.


Often fatal

‘All too often we are called to attend serious, often fatal, collisions that are caused by drivers speeding, not paying full attention to the road or driving vehicles that aren’t roadworthy.

‘Educating motorists, and taking enforcement action where necessary, is proven to help reduce the number of serious collisions on the road.

‘Some of the motorists stopped said they did not realise they were speeding. I would ask drivers to remember that when travelling on roads with street lights, the limit is 30mph – unless it specifically says otherwise. ’

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