Communities to be armed with speed guns to catch speeding motorists

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Simon Hayes

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Simon Hayes

First published in News

MORE communities will be armed with speed guns as part of a £135,000 war chest enabling people to crack down on dangerous drivers blighting their neighbourhoods.

The cash is up for grabs for people living in streets and roads across the county, empowering them to snare speeding drivers in their area.

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Simon Hayes has pledged to release the cash over two years to rapidly expand the force’s Community SpeedWatch programme across the county and the Isle of Wight.

The money is being allocated to fund up to 70 new SpeedWatch schemes in new areas, focusing on speed prevention and education. It is nearly double the 45 SpeedWatch schemes already up and running.

Volunteers in each task force will be provided with equipment to monitor the speed of passing traffic in approved 20mph and 30mph zones.

Details of those breaking the speed limit are recorded and checked against the Police National Computer Bureau before letters are sent out to the vehicle’s registered keepers.

Schemes are managed by local Safer Neighbourhoods Teams with neighbours regularly liaising with local police officers.

Mr Hayes stressed that speeding is one of the biggest priorities flagged up by residents – especially in rural areas.

He said: “I want to encourage local residents to take positive action. They can do this by volunteering and taking action on the roads of concern in their neighbourhood.

“SpeedWatch now forms part of the constabulary response to speeding issues and is the first tier in response to the problem.

“It’s not all about enforcement – it’s about prevention, education and awareness.”

The funding, covering the cost of equipment, training, high-visibility clothing and signs, is being allocated from the PCC’s Commissioning Fund.

Prospective volunteers should email for more details about how to get involved.

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1:56pm Wed 20 Aug 14

laurence86 says...

What a waste of money, this scheme does not provide any convictions, speeders will only get a warning letter. Perhaps this money could be better spent on employing full time police officers who actually have the power and training to do the job properly.
What a waste of money, this scheme does not provide any convictions, speeders will only get a warning letter. Perhaps this money could be better spent on employing full time police officers who actually have the power and training to do the job properly. laurence86
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1:57pm Wed 20 Aug 14

CrossofLorraine says...

I agree with this in principle but with no local police on hand, you have to wonder if anyone has considered the safety of a volunteer in a rural area wearing high vis clothing & holding a speed camera, they might as well be holding up a sign up saying ‘Punch me I’ve just cost you £100 & 3 points’. No one challenges policemen with a speed gun or police camera vans, but who’s to stop some aggressive herbert shouting “did you just take a picture of me” and then proceeding to ruin the equipment and anyone who get in his way. Just seems there’s potential for rural violent crime to increase and the speeding won’t decrease, because the volunteers will disappear as they won’t be prepared to risk their personal health.
I agree with this in principle but with no local police on hand, you have to wonder if anyone has considered the safety of a volunteer in a rural area wearing high vis clothing & holding a speed camera, they might as well be holding up a sign up saying ‘Punch me I’ve just cost you £100 & 3 points’. No one challenges policemen with a speed gun or police camera vans, but who’s to stop some aggressive herbert shouting “did you just take a picture of me” and then proceeding to ruin the equipment and anyone who get in his way. Just seems there’s potential for rural violent crime to increase and the speeding won’t decrease, because the volunteers will disappear as they won’t be prepared to risk their personal health. CrossofLorraine
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