Residents in driving seat for speed scheme

Community Speed Watch
Community Speed Watch

FED-UP residents in Northumberland are taking matters into their own hands to put the brakes on speeding drivers.

A new Community Speed Watch scheme has been launched by Northumbria Police, which will see local residents assisting officers to monitor vehicles in their area.

The initiative began as a pilot scheme in Rothbury and proved such a success that the decision was taken to expand it into other areas where people had complained that speeding was an issue of concern.

Now 31 community volunteers have been recruited, including residents in the county’s market towns of Morpeth, Alnwick, Berwick and Hexham.

Chief Inspector Aidan Sloan, of Northumberland Area Command, said: “I’m pleased that we’re able to expand this successful scheme into other parts of Northumberland.

“Speeding affects many people and is a main concern for residents in smaller areas.

“The scheme aims to make motorists aware that police and local residents are taking positive action and are working together to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone.”

The volunteers have all received training, support and specialist equipment to help them in their new role.

Under the scheme, anyone caught driving over the speed limit by the volunteers will receive a letter from the police and community, warning them that the area will not tolerate speeding.

If the same driver is identified a number of times then officers will contact them and further action may be taken.

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