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Volunteer army needed to tackle village speeders
PEOPLE who speed through Alderholt and Cranborne had better watch out – an army of volunteers is being recruited to slow them down.
Police community support officer Steve Willis says the success of Community Speed Watch across East Dorset has prompted the force to spread the net wider.
Villagers do speed checks in daylight hours using handheld cameras after being trained by the police.
PCSO Willis said: “I am putting out an appeal to residents of Cranborne and Alderholt.
“We are looking for volunteers who are fed up with vehicles speeding through their village and would be able to give up a little bit of their time during daylight hours to conduct speed checks.
“We would be looking for Alderholt residents to carry out speed checks in Cranborne and vice versa, so as not to encounter the issue of catching your neighbours.
“Volunteers would need to be members of Homewatch or Neighbourhood Watch for insurance purposes; however if you are not a member we can get you signed up. At this stage I am just looking for positive responses to get an idea of numbers.
“So, if you want to make a difference then please reply to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and if we get enough people interested then I will arrange a meeting to get it all set up.”
How Community Speed Watch works
When the CSW Team carry out speed checks, they will record how many vehicles were checked and how many were observed exceeding the speed limit thresholds (25mph in a 20mph area and 36 mph in a 30 mph area and 47mph in a 40mph area).
A warning letter will be sent to the registered keeper on the first two occasions that their vehicle is seen exceeding the speed limit. If the vehicle is observed for a third time, information will be sent to local police for further action to be taken.
Working in partnership:
Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a partnership initiative that is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging speed reduction.
Dorset Police says speed is a major factor in about a third of all traffic collisions. Each year more than 700 people die and more than 4,500 are injured nationally as a result of speeding.
The other major factors in road accidents are drink driving, use of mobile phone whilst driving and failing to wear a seat belt.
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