More monitoring of speeding drivers on Warwickshire's roads - The Leamington Observer

More monitoring of speeding drivers on Warwickshire's roads

Leamington Editorial 14th Apr, 2024   0

MORE checks are being kept on speeding drivers in Warwickshire

Warwickshire Police has welcomed 20 newly trained volunteers to five new Community Speedwatch (CSW) groups in the county.

CSW is a national initiative where members of local communities join together to monitor speeds of vehicles with support from the police.

The new CSW groups in Stretton-Upon-Dunsmore (Rugby borough), Alveston, Tysoe, Brailes (Stratford district) and Warton (North Warwickshire) bring the total number of CSW groups to 42 across 84 approved sites in Warwickshire.

Gary Strain, CSW road safety officer said “Speeding is a real concern for many communities and our CSW volunteers play a valuable role in encouraging drivers to think about the speed they are travelling at and slow down in residential areas to help make Warwickshire’s roads safer for everyone. This complements our SNT, patrol, speed camera and mobile speed enforcement activities.

“Community SpeedWatch works and we are keen to grow the number of Community Speedwatch groups and will do everything we can to support volunteers to check speeds in their local communities.

“My role is to be a point of contact for CSW groups, collating results and ensuring volunteers receive appropriate training to give practical experience of using the UltraLite Speed Laser devices. Volunteers also receive a regular CSW newsletter to keep them up to date on CSW news and information and how they can help support national anti speeding campaigns.”

To ensure no CSW members or the public are put at risk, a full risk assessment is carried out for each group.

Drivers found speeding are referred to Warwickshire Police and receive a letter with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds and drive safer.

But in cases where education is ignored and there is evidence of repeat or excessive speeding offences, even across borders, follow up action will be taken and local drivers can expect a knock on the door to discuss their driving.

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