Volunteers to help police raise awareness of speeding

Volunteers from the villages of Shirland, Morton, Calow and Sutton-cum-Duckmanton will be helping police in a long-term campaign to encourage drivers not to speed.

A Community Speed Watch initiative has been launched and around 20 residents have been trained by officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team to monitor the speed of traffic.

Community Speed Watch involves volunteers carrying out checks to note any vehicles travelling at excessive speeds using radar guns. A letter is then sent to the owner to advise them about their speed and asking them to respect local limits.

They are supported by each of the Safer Neighbourhood policing teams for their area and if any particular hotspot areas are identified then police enforcement checks are carried out.

Signs are put up whenever Community Speed Watch checks are being carried out to help make passing traffic aware and volunteers wear high-visibility tunics to let people know they are a volunteer.

PC Dave Price, of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team for Shirland and Morton, said: “Community Speed Watch gives local people the ability to actively get involved in raising awareness of road safety and encouraging motorists to drive within the legal limits. It has been set up to help us target the issue, which residents have told us is a concern for them.

“Motorists who speed through local villages are often unaware of the impact it can have on local people and the risk to the safety of other road users and pedestrians. The main aim of the Community Speed Watch initiative is to raise awareness of the speed limit on local roads and hopefully make them safer for all.”

For more information please contact the North Wingfield, Pilsley, Stonebroom and Shirland Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling 101 or emailCCNT@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.

You can also follow the team on Twitter: @SouthEasternSNT.

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