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Call for more Gedling borough speed watchers

Nottinghamshire Police have a launched a brand-new Community Speed Watch scheme to help tackle the problem of speeding across the county.

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Police are encouraging people in Gedling borough to form community speed watch teams to prompt motorists to slow down.

Nottinghamshire Police have a launched a brand-new Community Speed Watch scheme to help tackle the problem of speeding across the county.

One community in Notts said they are already reaping the benefits since signing up to the scheme – with 12 volunteers tackling hotspot areas in the village.

Now police are calling for more areas to sign up to take part, with training provided.

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Community Speed Watch is where volunteers can monitor and record the speed of vehicles travelling through their community.

Hayley Holt is the co-ordinator for the Awsworth Community Speed Watch scheme, which was launched this Autumn.

She said: “We are at three different locations in the village at different times of the day. We wanted to be involved because we were worried that someone will get seriously injured.

“We have had a number of cars veer off the road into walls and into the front of people’s gardens – and it is not like this has happened once. It happens a few times a year. This is the first step towards sorting this problem out.

“It is quite worrying the amount of people we do catch speeding, but we hope that people now know we are about.

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“I would definitely encourage people to sign up. It is run by volunteers and it is a real community scheme to make the area safer.”

Chief Inspector Chris Pearson, in charge of City Neighbourhood Policing, said: “Speeding is a major concern for lots of communities across our city and county.

“Speed limits are there for a reason and deciding to go over them has the potential to really hurt someone or even cause a fatality.

“This relaunched scheme will act on results sent through by the Speed Watch teams.

“Once a driver is clocked by the teams it will be recorded and a letter sent. If that driver is caught elsewhere in the city and county speeding, then we will know this is continuous behaviour and will be considering paying them a visit.

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“We want this relaunched scheme to have teeth. Yes, it is about prevention, and we know having Speed Watch in areas does make drivers think twice about speeding.

“However, we also need to enforce when drivers are showing the same patterns of behaviour.”

“We really want neighbourhoods to take up this offer. We would love to welcome you onboard.”

Police are now actively looking for volunteers to drive the speed watch programme in their communities. If you are interested in volunteering please contact CSW@notts.police.uk.

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