COMMUNITY leaders and the police are appealing for volunteers to help crack down on speeding in a town. Uttoxeter Town Council has been contacted by Staffordshire Police with regards to appealing for volunteers to help set up a Community Speedwatch in the East Staffordshire town. Community Speed Watch schemes aim to: Help local people address speeding problems in their own area; Increase driver and public awareness of the dangers of speeding and; Improve community safety.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Community Speed Watch schemes are resourced by trained volunteers from the community through a Community Co-ordinator.
“Teams use hand held radar equipment at pre-identified locations to check vehicle speeds. “Registration numbers and makes of vehicles exceeding the local speed limit are recorded, and these details are then collated and passed to the central co-ordinator, where they are then processed and letters are issued.
“Drivers found to be speeding are issued with an advisory warning letter requesting that they slow down and observe the speed limit.
“If the same vehicle is caught on a second or subsequent occasion by any Community Speed Watch team a follow-up final letter is issued.
“If it is identified that the vehicle has been caught speeding through any Speed Watch for the third time within 12 months, the background of the vehicle will be checked and information will be passed to the appropriate local policing team who will organise for the keeper to be visited and warned.
“Areas where speeding issues remain may also be targeted for enforcement activity.”
The motion by Uttoxeter Town Council to appeal to residents to come forward for the Community Speed Watch in the town was made by Town Mayor Alison Trenery.
Councillor Martin Blencowe added: “It seems that smaller communities get a better response for these things. We are a bigger community but I would urge people to come forward.
“Maybe there are people out there who have not been involved in such community initiatives before but would like the opportunity to do so to be able to meet others who are like minded.”
There are two current active Community Speedwatch teams in the Uttoxeter area, in Bramshall and Stramshall, and Staffordshire Police are now hoping to set up another group in Uttoxeter itself.
To find out more about Community Speed Watch, go online to www.staffssaferroads.co.uk/my-community/community-speed-watch.
Anyone wishing to get involved in the Uttoxeter Community Speedwatch is asked to contact PCSO Craig Carroll by email at email@example.com, or call 01785 232702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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