Communities Crack-Down On Speeding Drivers With Council Funded Cameras

THE VINE MAGAZINE - LOCAL NEWS: Ten speed detection kits worth £22,000 have been purchased by Central Bedfordshire Council for local communities to use to help stop speeding traffic in their neighbourhoods.

Communities Crack-Down On Speeding Drivers With Council Funded Cameras

Communities Crack-Down On Speeding Drivers With Council Funded Cameras

 

Communities Crack-Down On Speeding Drivers With Council Funded Cameras

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Speed detection kits worth £22,000 have been purchased by Central Bedfordshire Council for local communities to use to help stop speeding traffic in their neighbourhoods.

The council has been working with Bedfordshire Police to identify priority areas across Central Bedfordshire. As a result, speed detection devices were given out by the council to Community Speed Watch representatives from Arlesey, Stanbridge, Caddington, Pulloxhill, Meppershall, Wrestlingworth, Wootton, Husborne Crawley, Maulden and Fairfield earlier today (7 December).

 

Communities Crack-Down On Speeding Drivers With Council Funded Cameras

 

The Community Speed Watch scheme allows volunteers to check and record driver speeds within 20, 30 or 40mph speed limit zones. The devices will be used by local volunteers who have been trained by the police. The data they collect is passed to the police, who then arrange for the registered keeper of the vehicle to be written to, informing them that their vehicle was detected exceeding the speed limit. The police will take further action for persistent speeders. The volunteer patrols can act as a deterrent to speeding and help to improve the safety of road-users.

 

 

Jeremy Wallace, Councillor for Arlesey Town Council said: “This is great news. The Community Speed Watch has successfully reduced speeding in the village hot spots. Having our own machine instead of sharing with other areas will make it much simpler to roll out our patrols.”

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Excessive speeding through neighbourhoods is one of the most common issues raised with Councillors, which is why I believe the Community Speed Watch schemes are so important. Speeding not only affects road safety, but also the quality of life for local residents.

 Stanbridge Speed Watch
Stanbridge Speed Watch

“We are delighted to buy these ten extra speed kits, and I really believe they will empower local volunteers to help reduce anti-social driving and improve road safety in their neighbourhoods.”

He added: “The Community Speed Watch scheme allows the council, police and local community to work together to tackle this serious problem, and to educate drivers about the risk that excess speed poses to all road users.”

Caddington Speed Watch
Caddington Speed Watch

Wendy Bird, the Citizens in Policing Unit Manager at Bedfordshire Police, said: “The Citizens in Policing Unit at Bedfordshire Police assumed responsibility for the watch schemes in April 2018 in order to develop and expand the current volunteering schemes across Bedfordshire.

“Without this incredible and generous support from Central Bedfordshire Council we would not have been able to increase the number of vital devices for our brilliant volunteers.

“Volunteering is an essential heartbeat in all communities and with our Citizens in Policing supporting the vital work of the police, we are able to work in partnership to make Bedfordshire a safer place to work and live.”

Anyone interested in volunteering or finding out more information should emailspeedwatch@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk or complete the guidance and registration pack atwww.bedfordshire.police.uk/assets/PDFs/SpeedWatch-GuidanceRegistration.pdf


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Communities Crack-Down On Speeding Drivers With Council Funded Cameras

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