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People across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are being empowered to tackle speeding motorists in their communities.
Speeding is a common concern among communities across the two counties and now members of these communities have put themselves forward to give up some of their time and become police support volunteers.
The volunteers are joining a scheme called Community SpeedWatch, which aims to educate drivers on the effects of speeding and help prevent drivers speeding through our communities.
Specialist equipment will be used to monitor the speed of the traffic and volunteers record the details of those vehicles that exceed the speed limit. These details are then passed to police officers and letters are sent to the registered owners advising them that their vehicle was seen exceeding the speed limit and warning them of the risks this poses to themselves and others.
On Tuesday, May 10, the first schemes are being launched in Rushmoor in partnership with the Rushmoor Community Safety Partnership and in Southampton in partnership with Southampton City Council.
Sergeant Phil Lamb said:
“Many people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight tell us that speeding vehicles are a big community concern. It is because of this that we have launched the scheme and trained extra officers from our neighbourhood policing teams to tackle speeding.
“This approach to dealing with speeding does not replace what police officers already do, it actually means more preventative activity can take place in areas of concern.”
Phil Stoneman, community safety manager at Rushmoor Borough Council, said:
“We very much support this scheme as speeding seems to be a large concern for many residents across the borough. It’s great to get the community behind an initiative like this.”
Anyone who applies and becomes a police support volunteers is subject to a vetting process, which is supported by Hampshire County Council.
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