Posted on 13th April 2017
The Mickleover Speedwatch group, supported by our officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood team, are back on the road having been provided with brand new equipment.
The group are made up of a small team of volunteers who all live in the village and for the last seven years have been monitoring the speed of motorists driving through the suburb of Derby.
PCSO Tracy Bell from our Mickleover Safer Neighbourhood Team explains how the scheme works: “The volunteers have all been trained to use speed monitoring equipment. At least once a week from spring to autumn they position themselves on the side of one of the roads in Mickleover where we have had complaints of speeding.
“They record the speed of anyone apparently breaking the limit for that road and then pass me the details. I then write to the registered keeper of the vehicle with some advisory information about the dangers of speeding.
“The information gathered by the volunteers is also used to guide our officers as to the location of enforcement cameras.
“We are really grateful to the volunteers who play a vital part in keeping the roads of Mickleover safe. In the seven years we have been running the scheme I have only had to send one repeat letter which I feel shows that people take the advice that we give them.”
Paul Gribben is one of the volunteers, he says: “I do it as I feel it gives something back to the community and helps keep Mickleover a safe place to live.
“The aim is to slow people down especially around the schools in the village. We are delighted to have been given the new equipment and we see it as recognition that we are doing a good job.”
For more information on the scheme or to volunteer to help contact the Mickleover Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.
You can also follow the teams on Twitter @MickleoverSNT
Pictured from L to R, using the equipment on Western Road are Speedwatch members: John McCartney, Dave Tizzard, Peter Hall, Paul Gribbin, PCSO Tracy Bell and with the speed gun Peter Lockhart.