Posted on 16th June 2017
A group of residents are working alongside their local Safer Neighbourhood policing team to help reduce speeding and road safety concerns in the Morton area.
The volunteers carried out their first checks with PCSO Kate Hodnett as part of the Community Speed Watch scheme on Wednesday, June 7.
They were also joined on the day by Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Kevin Gillott who wanted to find out more about the initiative.
Community Speed Watch involves volunteers carrying out checks with officers 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.
Motorists are warned that if they continue to speed, they risk getting a fine and that the data recorded by the scheme will help officers identify locations for speed detection equipment.
Signs are put up in the area during the checks to ensure drivers are aware of the initiative.
During the one hour long check, on Main Road at Morton, four out of the 97 vehicles that passed by had been travelling above the speed limit.
PCSO Kate Hodnett of the North Wingfield, Pilsley, Stonebroom and Shirland Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Residents have told us that they are concerned about the speed of traffic in the area and its effect on road safety. Community Speed Watch offers local people the chance to get involved in raising awareness of road safety and encouraging motorists to drive within the legal limits.
“The main aim of the initiative is to raise awareness of the speed limit on local roads and hopefully make them safer for all. We hope that the checks will remind motorists to drive safely and further checks are being planned in the area for the coming weeks and months.”
If you would like to take part and volunteer for Community Speed Watch call PCSO Kate Hodnett on 101 or send her a message through the Contact Us page of the website by clicking here.
You can also follow the team, and keep up-to-date with their latest news, on Twitter: @SouthEasternSNT