Volunteers needed to save Ilminster speedwatch scheme

This is The West Country: Volunteers needed to save Ilminster speedwatch scheme Volunteers needed to save Ilminster speedwatch scheme

A COMMUNITY speedwatch scheme in Ilminster will be forced to stop unless volunteers come forward.

Ilminster beat manager PC Andy Stuart said the scheme was essential in reducing speeding in the town.

The number of speeding drivers in Ilminster has fallen more than 30% since it launched.

The voluntary position only requires a few hours a month to help monitor traffic speeds.

PC Stuart said: “Police volunteers do a fantastic job in support of the work of the police. Residents have spoken to me about speeding as an issue they are concerned about.

“These watches are one of the ways that police and volunteers are helping to tackle this issue.

“I would encourage people to get involved in community speedwatch schemes and to report any concerns they may have about speeding in their area to their local beat team.

“It gives our local communities the opportunity to get actively involved in road safety.”

Chief Inspector Yan Georgiou added: “Speeding is one of the four main causes of serious injuries and deaths on the region’s roads – along with drink/drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone.”

Anyone interested in volunteering should phone 101 and ask for PC 4115 Stuart, Ilminster, or alternatively email PC Stuart on the Constabulary website at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/

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9:40pm Thu 15 May 14

orchardman says...

Whilst the Speedwatch system does have some deterrent factor, unfortuneately, its operation is very sporadic, and its effectiveness is dulled by the fact that the penalty is no more than a letter in the post. It has to be said that proper police persons operating intermittently inn the problem areas is far more effective because of the fact that fixed penalties and points are the 'prize'!. This was highlighted on the 358 hill into Donyatt. When, some years ago now, the police were doing regular checks, most people were slowing from the brow of the hill, now we just get the occasional speedwatch stalwarts near the pub. Of course, police numbers and budgets have been cut to the bone by successive administrations, so there just aren't the units to operate the good old fashioned speed trap, as can be seen by the use of PCSO's replacing properly trained officers 'on the beat' across the country. Not that there seems to be any shortage of funds for the establishment and running of the Police and Crime Commissioners gravy train!.
Whilst the Speedwatch system does have some deterrent factor, unfortuneately, its operation is very sporadic, and its effectiveness is dulled by the fact that the penalty is no more than a letter in the post. It has to be said that proper police persons operating intermittently inn the problem areas is far more effective because of the fact that fixed penalties and points are the 'prize'!. This was highlighted on the 358 hill into Donyatt. When, some years ago now, the police were doing regular checks, most people were slowing from the brow of the hill, now we just get the occasional speedwatch stalwarts near the pub. Of course, police numbers and budgets have been cut to the bone by successive administrations, so there just aren't the units to operate the good old fashioned speed trap, as can be seen by the use of PCSO's replacing properly trained officers 'on the beat' across the country. Not that there seems to be any shortage of funds for the establishment and running of the Police and Crime Commissioners gravy train!. orchardman
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