Community Speed Watch volunteers check traffic in Pilsley

Posted on 19th July 2017

Community Speed Watch volunteers and a local PCSO have been raising awareness of road safety concerns in Pilsley.

PCSO Kate Hodnett and volunteers Geoff Mcneice and Pete Stevenson carried out their first Community Speed Watch check of traffic on Hardstoft Road on Tuesday, July 18.

The session was set up following a recent ‘Coffee with a Copper’ event at St. Mary’s Centre in Pilsley on Thursday, July 6, where a number of residents said they were concerned about speeding.

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.

PCSO Hodnett, of the North Wingfield, Pilsley, Stonebroom and Shirland Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Community Speed Watch helps us to raise awareness of the local limits and also a reminder to drivers that they need to be mindful of their speed as they pass through that area.

“On this occasion a total of 64 vehicles passed through and one was found to be breaking the 30mph limit on Hardstoft Road.”

She added: “Our Community Speed Watch volunteers will be getting together again after the holiday period, and when more volunteers have been trained, so that we can carry out regular checks on roads in the Pilsley area.”

For more information, or if you would like to take part, please contact PCSO Kate Hodnett by calling 101 or send her a message through the Contact Us page of the website by clicking here.

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

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