Posted on 7th November 2016
PCSO Pykett with members of Breaston Community Speedwatch
Officers from Long Eaton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team are asking for volunteers from the village of Risley to come forward to help set up a community speed watch.
A meeting is being held, for interested villagers to get more details, at 6.30pm on Wednesday, November 9 at Harrisons cottage (behind the church) on Derby Road.
PCSO Karen Pykett from the team explains: “When talking to people in the village and various community groups it is clear that speeding motorists are something that worries people in the village.
“When priorities allow we do complete speed check enforcement at locations in the village, however we thought it would also be useful to see if there was interest in the village in setting up a small team of villagers who would be happy to volunteer to be part of a community speed watch.
“The scheme is designed to educate speeding motorists and influence their future driving behaviour. I will train and work with a small team of volunteers to complete speed checks on roads in the village. If we do record any motorists exceeding the limit we do not stop the vehicle. Instead I will write to the registered keeper to let them know the speed they were recorded at and re-enforce the dangers of driving with excess speed.
“If we pick up on any trend at particular locations or time of day, the information will be passed to officers in the team who can then complete enforcement.
“The scheme has been very successful in other areas such as Draycott and Breaston where the villagers enjoy taking the responsibility to help with a local problem.”
"Councillor Mrs Pat Ancliff, Chairman of Risley with Hopwell Parish Council, said: "The Parish Council and residents have for a long time been very concerned with speeding traffic along Derby Road, in particular near to the school and are very keen to work with Derbyshire police in arranging a speed watch scheme for the village.
“We would like to encourage motorists to drive with care and keep to the speed limit in order to keep everyone safe and would ask those residents interested in being involved in such a scheme to come along to the meeting.”
Anyone who is interested in being part of the scheme should call PCSO Karen Pykett on 101, alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.