December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
A community crackdown on speeding is being relaunched in Hopton with a team of six taking to the streets to monitor motorists.
The Community Speed Watch (CSW) initiative allows locals to address issues of speeding and become actively involved in road safety by monitoring speeds at various locations.
Each scheme must have a minimum of six volunteers aged over 18 and individuals undergo police vetting, theory and practical training - including use of the speed detection equipment - before being authorised to carry out the checks.
Once trained, the volunteers can monitor road traffic supported by officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).
PCSO Andy Featherstone, from the Southern Villages SNT covering Hopton, near Great Yarmouth, said; “Speeding is something that is constantly raised as being of concern and this is your chance to do something really positive to make the community safer for pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers. “Working as part of a small team, you will have the support of other volunteers and police – and you will play an important role in making drivers think about the speeds they are travelling at in residential areas.”
Vehicles are monitored by the volunteers and details of speeders are passed to the police.
A letter is then sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. A maximum of two letters will be sent to offenders before the details are passed to a roads policing officer with a view of prosecution.
Volunteers can only monitor cars from approved sites.
To find out more about the scheme or volunteering can call PCSO Andy Featherstone on 101 or email southernvillagesSNT@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.