Specials target speeding drivers across Canterbury district

Contributed by editor on Oct 20, 2019 - 12:30 PM


Driving offences were the focus of a Canterbury roads policing operation led by volunteer officers from the Special Constabulary.

Specials are unpaid volunteers who have the same powers as regular police officers. Many have full-time jobs and give up at least 16 hours of their own time every month to help police their local communities.

Speed checks were carried out at key locations in Petham and Bridge, near Canterbury, on Tuesday 15 October 2019 resulting in a number of motorists receiving Traffic Offence Reports. These give drivers the option of attending a speed awareness course or paying a fine and receiving points on their driving licence.

Arrest and charge

Officers involved in the operation also arrested a woman on the Thanet Way at Beltinge, near Herne Bay, for motoring offences.

A 26-year-old woman from Whitstable, was later charged with driving while using a mobile phone and driving in excess of the legal alcohol limit, namely 110 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

She was released on bail to appear before Margate magistrates on Tuesday 19 November.


Special Inspector Thomas Briant said: ‘Speeding drivers are a cause of great concern to communities across the Canterbury district and beyond, so we were pleased to be able to support our regular officers by carrying out speed checks in Petham and Bridge.

‘It is disappointing that some people still decide to speed on our roads, and it is vital that we all take responsibility to help keep our roads safe. That is one of the reasons why it is appropriate to deal with speeding offences through educational courses because this is more likely to improve driver behaviour.’

Anyone interested in becoming a Special is encouraged to visit  or follow @KentSpecials on Twitter.

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