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Community Speed Watch targets traffic in Stoney Middleton

Posted on 26th January 2011

Volunteers from the local community have been working with the Hathersage Area Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team (SNT) to monitor speeding traffic in Stoney Middleton.

The most recent session took place on Tuesday, January 24 on the main road through the village (A623), an area which has been highlighted as a concern by local residents.

In just over an hour the group found 12 motorists who were travelling above the 30mph speed limit.

The owners will receive letters from Community Speed Watch, advising them of their speed and requesting that they respect local limits.

Drivers are also warned that if they caught breaking the speed limit again then they may face a fine and points on their licence.

The watch was set up by the Hathersage Area Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team after local residents contacted them with concerns about speeding traffic.

As well as police spot checks, volunteers from the community are offered training on how to use the speed guns and then given the opportunity to come out and carry out checks alongside officers.

PCSO Anthony Boswell of the Hathersage Area SNT said: "Community Speed Watch is a great initiative in which we can brings local community and police to get the message across to motorists about their responsibility to respect the legal speed limit.

"Our thanks go to the volunteers who have helped and continue to help us address the issue for the local community."

Community Speed Watch first started in the area in 2009 after a successful trial period within other parts of Derbyshire, where the community raised concerns about the issue in their area.

Volunteers spend around an hour to with a police officer or PCSO, checking traffic and recording details but the team would like to see more people involved in the initiative.

Community Speed Watch Signs, paid for by the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, are put up to inform approaching motorists about the speed checks.

There are currently active Community Speed Watch schemes running in Bradwell, Hathersage and other parts of the Derbyshire Dales.

PCSO Boswell added: "Volunteers just need a few spare hours a month, full training is provided and people are never asked to patrol alone or confront motorists.

If you would like to find out more about the scheme or would be interested in becoming a Community Speed Watch volunteer call 0345 123 33 33 or email bakewell.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.

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