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Safer roads

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Report a problem  – e.g. potholes, trip hazards or debris

Lights on in Devon – report faulty flashing amber lights near schools or streetlights

If you are reporting an emergency that requires immediate attention, please call 0345 155 1004.

Maintaining Roads

More information about how Devon maintain the road network and the Winter service and Emergency Plan which includes details on salting roads, footways and cycleways.

Improvements for people walking and cycling.

Road space is being reallocated across Devon to improve the environment for people walking and cycling.

School Streets – traffic free roads outside schools.

Speeding and speed limits

  • Devon County Council and the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary have developed a joint procedure to deal with speeding concerns, speed limits and other associated requests such as signing or traffic calming.
  • However, firstly, members of the public should contact their local Parish/Town Council or local community group or Highways first. They will have local knowledge and maybe already working on the issue.
  • Check the Collision map for all reported collisions involving human death or personal injury in the last five years.
  • Otherwise, the Devon County Council Councillor or the Parish/Town council would raise the issue with either the Police Road Causality Reduction Officer (RCRO) and/or the Highways Officer.
  • It may then be considered for the SPEED COMPLIANCE ACTION REVIEW FORUM.
  • See also Local Speed Limits Policy 2005
  • See also SCARF Fact Sheet

Community Speedwatch

Speed detection device (SID)

  • A SID is a mobile screen that displays the speed a driver is travelling at.
  • This often immediately prompts the driver to reduce their speed.
  • The device is geared towards education rather than prosecution.
  • A speeding may be stopped and spoken to about their speed.
  • Some offenders will receive a letter shortly afterwards.

Vehicle activated sign (VAS).

  • These devices can be either permanent or temporary and normally attached to a lighting column.
  • The sign displays the speed limit when a vehicle is driven past at a speed above this.
  • This is for education rather than enforcement.

Police enforcement.

  • Neighbourhood Beat Manager going out with a speed measuring device.
  • Targeted police operation to stop large numbers of drivers or riders.

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  • Engineering solutions can sometimes be used to reduce the speeding issue, funding dependant
  • This includes gateway features to villages and towns, road humps, rumble strips or lining and signing.
  • In some cases, the speed limit for a section of road may be found to be at odds with other roads in the area. This could be due to changes since the speed limit was originally installed. The speed limit may need to be reviewed, in these cases.
  • The result of the SCARF process is sent to the originator of the complaint and to the local County councillor.