Police re-launch speed watch

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Police is re-launching Community Speed Watch as part of its work in tackling the four major causes of road deaths.

The force is re-launching the scheme in 11 communities across the county, including Kislingbury and Bugbrooke, where speeding has been identified as a major concern for local people.

The operation aims to targets those motorists committing the four most common offences that can contribute to serious injury of road deaths on our roads. That is speeding, mobile phone usage, not wearing a seatbelt and drink driving.

Community Speed Watch enables local people to become actively involved in helping to slow down traffic in 30mph zones within their community.

Members of the community are trained in the use of hand-held speed monitoring devices to track the speed of motorists in their parish. The Force will then send out warning letters to the drivers.

Each community involved in the programme will receive support from their local Safer Community Team as well as a vehicle activated speed sign to highlight to motorists how fast they are travelling.

Operations Superintendent Sean Bell said he is pleased Community Speed Watch is making a return.

Supt Bell added: “Community Speed Watch was a very popular programme and we are pleased to be able to re-launch it.

“Speeding is one of the issues we receive the most complaints about from people living in our communities and we hope the scheme will have a positive impact in reducing the speed of motorists on our roads.”

He added: “Our messages on speeding are clear, speed limits are not a target and keeping to the speed limit could make the difference between life and death.”