Community Speed Watch launched in Milverton - The Leamington Observer

Community Speed Watch launched in Milverton

MOTORISTS best check their speed when driving through Milverton.

Milveton Community Speed Watch has been formed in reponse to increasing concerns from residents about speeding traffic, particularly along main roads.

The community speed watch group is the latest to form in the county and is part of a UK-wide initiative launched by police several years ago to allow members of the public to help make motorists aware of their speed and drive within the limit.

The primary intention of CSW is to provide a visible deterrent so that motorists will think about their speed.

While the CWS do not have the power to issue parking tickets, they can pass details of vehicles travelling in excess of the limit to police who will then issue an advisory caution to the registered keeper.

If the same vehicle is recorded three times in a 12-month period then the police will take enforcement action.

The north Leamington scheme has been given the seal of approval by Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe.

Mr Seccombe, who is also Chair of Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership, said: “I’m strongly supportive of Community Speed Watch schemes as they can have a real deterrent effect and prompt a change in behaviour from motorists. The Road Safety Partnership has set an ambitious target of reducing by 50 per cent the deaths and serious injuries that occur on our roads by 2030. That will require us all to become safer road users, which includes making sure that we drive within legal limits and at safe and sensible speeds for the road conditions.

“The work undertaken by Community Speed Watch volunteers is a vital component of achieving this behaviour change, so I am delighted to see the new scheme in Milverton launching.”

Milverton CSW will be focusing on identified areas of community concern. The current sites the group are operating in are Northumberland Road, Kenilworth Road, and Rugby Road, with more sites under consideration.

The group currently has eight members but would like to encourage more people to get involved. Anyone who would like to join should email [email protected]

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