Road safety officer appointed to clamp down on speeding drivers - The Leamington Observer

Road safety officer appointed to clamp down on speeding drivers

Leamington Editorial 12th Oct, 2023   0

SPEEDING drivers had best beware as there is a new road safety officer in town.

Gary Strain has been appointed as new road safety officer for Warwickshire Police with the job of supporting community speed watch groups across Warwickshire.

The groups have become increasingly popular, with their number rising from 56 to 71 across the county since August 2021.

New groups have recently been set up in Bearley, Bidford, Milverton and Lighthorne Heath.

Gary said: “It’s a privilege to be supporting community speed watch volunteers who are doing something to help make the roads in their communities safer for everyone.

“Community speed watch groups can make a real difference. During 2022 alone, community speed watch groups went out 650 times to monitor speeds in their local communities resulting in 4,500 warning letters being sent to motorists exceeding the speed limit. However groups would much rather see no speeding vehicles than record a long list of registrations from speeding motorists.

“As well as supporting these existing groups, we are keen to expand community speed watch even further and would welcome enquiries to set up new groups in areas where we are underrepresented including in Nuneaton, Bedworth and Exhall.”

Community Speed Watch is a national initiative where active members of local communities join together to monitor speeds of vehicles in their local area with support from the police. The role of CSW is to use their visible presence to deter speeding in local communities to improve the quality of life of residents who want to feel safe when using their local roads recreationally or to travel.

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