SPEEDING hotspots across the Island have been revealed, with Victoria Avenue among the worst.
Data from a freedom of information request has shown that more than 60 instances of speeding were recorded on the Island’s busiest road between April 2022 and the same month this year.
The highest speed – 70mph – was recorded shortly after 6am on 28 February. The limit is 40mph.
Paul Davies, a St Helier Centenier, said that the morning, when people were travelling to work, was a common time for speeding on the Avenue.
He encouraged Islanders to ‘slow down’, saying: ‘Give yourself plenty of time. In an island nine miles by five it doesn’t take very long to get to where you are going to.’
Several speeding incidents were also recorded on Les Ruisseaux at Grands Vaux – which has a 15mph limit.
Mr Davies said the issue was Island-wide, adding that speeding near the Airport was more frequent owing to Islanders ‘not going early enough’ to catch their flight.
St Peter Chef de Police Joao Camara said that the honorary police were ‘proactively’ dealing with speeding.
‘It is not as prevalent,’ he said. ‘We used to see lots of boy racers, but that has definitely curtailed. On the Five Mile Road they go from La Pulente to St Ouen – they would hurtle down there.
‘We are going out a lot more. We are proactively going out at different times and we catch people.’
Mr Camara added that officers were aiming to catch Islanders who were doing ‘excessively dangerous speeds’.
Roads policing lead Inspector Callum O’Connor said that the States police used ‘various methods’ to focus on hot-spot speeding areas, including online reporting, intelligence, Crimestoppers and feedback from communities.
He said: ‘This information is used to identify areas and specific roads that will become “hot spots” for officers to focus their attention on, with the aim of increasing safety and reducing offending.’
Insp O’Connor added that they were in the process of recruiting a road safety officer and a road safety co-ordinator.
‘These posts will see a step change in how we, as an island, look at speed awareness and education.
‘The police will be a key part in this and look forward to working with the other partner agencies to increase the safety of our Island’s roads,’ he said.
‘We are continually looking at new methods and how other jurisdictions manage this issue and we are open to new ways of tackling speeding as well as using some of the proven methods already in place.’