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Community Speed Watch is looking for Bedford volunteers

Speedwatch training with Beds police.

Speedwatch training with Beds police.

Are speeding motorists an issue in your neighbourhood? Do you want to help do something about it?

More volunteers are currently being sought for for the Community Speed Watch scheme which already operates in Bedford.

Supported by the Bedforshire and Luton Casualty Partnership, Community Speed Watch enables volunteers to work within their communities to rasie awareness of the dangers of speeding and help control the problems locally.

People who register undertake training run byt Bedfordshire Police covering the use of speed indicator devices and radar guns, conflict resolution and an option for basic first aid.

Chief Inspector Neill Waring from Bedfordshire Police said: “Excessive speed on the roads is one of the most common issues raised by residents across Bedford, and has an impact not only on road safety but on the quality of life of those that endure it.

“Community Speed Watch seeks to promote safer driving in our local communities by educating rather than prosecuting individuals. Data collected is passed to Bedfordshire Police who may undertake further speed checks and result in drivers being prosecuted.”

Equipment is delivered by local policing teams, and volunteers then run sessions noting the date, time, colour, make, model and registration number of any vehicle exceeding the speed limit.

Registered keepers of offending vehicles are writtten to by the police, informing them that they were detected exceeding the speed limit and giving the details. Persistent speeders receive a second letter, and if there is a third occasion motorists can expect further action to be taken by the Police.

If you want to get involved email speedwatch@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk or complete the online form at www.drivesafely.org

 

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