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Speed Watch boosts safety in Doveridge

Posted on 26th January 2011
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Community Speed Watch volunteers have teamed up with their local Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team (SNT) to help put the brakes on speeding motorists in Doveridge.

The safety initiative was set up in the village with support from the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership after local residents said they were concerned about speeding traffic.

In the latest round of checks on Friday, 21 January, 79 motorists were checked on the main road into the village, of which three were caught travelling above the 30mph speed limit.

Letters will now be sent to the vehicle owners, advising them of their speed and requesting that they respect local speed limits.

Drivers are also warned that if they caught breaking the speed limit again then they may face penalty and that data recorded by the initiative may help officers identify locations for speed detection equipment in the future.

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

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.

PCSO Lucy Blackwell of the Marston Area SNT said: "This is a superb community initiative that improves safety and we are always delighted to hear from local people who can spare a couple of hours a month to do something positive with the police and help reduce a concern in their neighbourhood."

Chairman of the Safer Derbyshire Dales Safety Partnership Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, who is also Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, said: "The Partnership is delighted to support this terrific example of local communities working together to make Dales roads even safer."

For more information on the initiative, or if you would like to volunteer, you can contact the Marston Area Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0345 123 33 33 or email ashbourne.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk

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