Step up and help stop the speeders

Speedwatch training with Beds police.
Speedwatch training with Beds police.

Police are appealing for neighbourhood volunteers to help deter speeding motorists as a watch scheme is run in Bedford.

Residents are being asked to step forward and join the Community Speed Watch scheme which has been operating this week in Kimbolton Road, Meadowsweet Drive, and Eastcotts Road, Bedford, and also in Top End, Renhold.

Supported by the Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Partnership, Community Speedwatch enables volunteers to work within their communities to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and help control the problems locally.

People who register undertake training run by Bedfordshire Police covering the use of speed indicator devices and radar guns, and conflict resolution.

Chief Inspector Neill Waring from Bedfordshire Police said: “Community Speed Watch seeks to promote safer driving in our local communities by educating rather than prosecuting.”

But the data which is collected is passed to the force and prosecution may follow.

Volunteers run sessions noting the date, time, colour, make, model and registration number of any vehicle which is going too fast.

Police will write to the owners of any vehicles which are going over the limit.

Persistent speeders receive a second letter, but if there is a third occasion motorists can expect police to take further action.