Community Speed Watch

community speed watchThey’re back! Those hi-vis jacketed figures with radar guns are once again attempting to regulate the speed of traffic through the village.

The Community Speed Watch initiative is a Surrey Police scheme that involves volunteers from the towns and villages afflicted by speeding traffic recording the details of transgressing vehicles and feeding those particulars into a database at Surrey Police H.Q. The registered keeper of the vehicle is then sent a letter advising them of the need to adhere to the speed limit, if a second offence is recorded then a ‘red’ letter is issued and in the unlikely event of a third offence being recorded then a visit from a police officer is likely.

In the 5 weeks that the Leigh group have been operating they have recorded the details of 135 vehicles exceeding the 30 m.p.h. limit and to date only 1 vehicle has been a repeat offender. In order to have any long-term effect it is important that we are seen to be active throughout the village at various times of the day and week and the more volunteers that we can muster the more effective we can be.

At the moment there are 8 trained volunteers but more would be very welcome, if you think that you can spare an hour every week or so to help keep Leigh a little safer from speeding traffic then please contact me and I can tell you more.

Keith Harding (Co-ordinator, Leigh Community Speed Watch)          Home: 01737 223963

Photo shows: CSW members Keith Harding, Eileen Winstanley, Jean Parker, Robin Worth and Adria Kinloch

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