Posted on 26th February 2018
A volunteer group in Littleover, Derby have been supported by their local police Safer Neighbourhood team with the issue of new equipment.
The Littleover speedwatch group, formed around a year ago, have been using second-hand equipment to monitor the speed of motorists driving through the suburb of Derby.
The local Safer Neighbourhood team are so pleased with the results of the group that they have now issued them brand new equipment to support their efforts.
Inspector Ranjit Dol, who is in charge of policing in the area, said: “The group do a fantastic job, the scheme works by the members positioning themselves on a road where we have had complaints and recording the speed of anyone apparently breaking the limit for that road. They then pass the details on to my officers who write to the registered keeper of the vehicle with some advisory information about the dangers of speeding.
“As a result of the information they have provided our Casualty Reduction Enforcement Safety Team (CREST) have also been able to direct resources to several locations in order to enforce speed restrictions.
“We know that excess speed is a major contributory factor in serious collisions on the road and this is a great way for residents to help us police issues that they are concerned about in their community.
“We really appreciate all they do and I was only too happy to provide them with some new equipment to enable them to carry on their good work.”
Marion Russell, who lives in Littleover and is a member of the scheme, said: “We are a small group of around 11 volunteers but we manage to get out every week during the year.
“We set up on roads that people in the community tell us have a problem with speeding cars and I think our presence makes people think twice about the speed they are doing. This, together with the follow up action of the police really helps make a difference and hopefully make the roads of Littleover safer.
“We are really pleased with the new equipment which will now allow us to carry on with our efforts.”
If you are interested in helping out with this scheme or setting up a similar scheme where you live, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website HERE.
(Pictured are speedwatch group members Marion Russell and Mike Henderson with PCSO Tracy Bell on Havenbaulk Lane, Littleover)