Residents urged to back new speed watch scheme in Gedling

(left to right) Garath rees and Carol Redden (wynyard residents) and PC John Ollett record the speed of a car at the Wyn, Wynyard.
(left to right) Garath rees and Carol Redden (wynyard residents) and PC John Ollett record the speed of a car at the Wyn, Wynyard.
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A Community Speed Watch scheme organised by Gedling Borough Council and Nottinghamshire Police is calling for local residents to get involved to reduce speeding in their communities.

The aim is to encourage drivers to adhere to the speed limit.

Nottinghamshire Police will provide training and equipment so volunteers can monitor speeding in their areas.

Trial schemes have already taken place in Beeston, Newark and other areas of the East Midlands.

If drivers are caught speeding, letters are sent to registered keepers of offending vehicles asking for their help in keeping speeds down. Persistent offenders’ details will be passed onto local police for targeted enforcement by the volunteers monitoring the speeds.

Volunteers must be over 18 years of age and be available for a minimum of one hour per week.

The locations for monitoring are chosen by the community, based on people’s experience and knowledge of the area.

Coun Michael Payne, Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council, said: “This initiative will allow local residents to do something directly about the issues of speeding in their areas. This, despite what some critics may think, is not about issuing fines and penalties, it’s about raising awareness of the importance of driving safely and I applaud local residents who get involved in their community to make it a safer place to live.”

Road Policing Chief Inspector Andy Charlton, said: “We encourage motorists to drive to the conditions of the road, and of course within the speed limit. Speed Watch is an effective way of making people accountable not just to the law but to those people they have to look in the eye every single day - their neighbours, friends and fellow motorists.”

For more information on the scheme or to volunteer, people should contact Inspector Andrew Knight or Constable Phil Anelay at Arnold Police Station on 101, extension 853 4161.