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Volunteers and police work together to slow down traffic in the Newbold area

Posted on 18th January 2017

Volunteers who are worried about speeding their community have been working with police to help slow traffic down in Newbold.

In the latest Community Speed Watch checks just two drivers were caught breaking the 30mph limit on those roads they checked.

Motorist’s speeds were monitored during peak school drop off time on St. John’s Road, at Littlemoor and also Peveril Road on Tuesday, January 10.

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 their local 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.

PCSO Becky Damms helped out with the checks. She said: “Residents often tell us that they are concerned about speeding in their local area, and Community Speed Watch can help remind drivers of their responsibility to drive safely and within the legal limits.

“We were checking traffic on some of Newbold’s busier roads during the peak school drop off and rush hour time, and so in some respects it is positive that just two motorists were caught speeding, however two is still too many. We will continue to work with Community Speed Watch volunteers to monitor local roads and help keep them safe for all.”

For more information about the initiative in this area please contact the Dunston, Moor and St Helen’s Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling 101 or email

You can also follow the team on Twitter: @NewboldSNT or @DunstonMoorSNT.

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