IN A bid to make roads safer, Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes has pledged £135,000 over the next two years to expand the Community SpeedWatch programme across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The funding is dedicated to setting up approximately 70 new volunteer schemes across the two counties, with a focus on rural areas.
Education about and prevention of speeding in 20mph and 30mph zones will be the focus of the Community SpeedWatches, which allow members of public to work alongside police to help address the dangers of speeding.
SpeedWatch volunteers are provided with equipment to monitor the speed of traffic. Details of drivers who break the speed limit are then recorded and added to a database, which are checked against national police records before the driver is informed via official letter. Members of the public will operate the schemes, though they will be trained and managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police Safer Neighbourhoods Teams (SNTs).
The Commissioner's Commissioning Fund allocates £1,000 per local scheme, which pays for training, equipment, high visibility clothing for health and safety and signs.
Simon Hayes said: "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."
He said local residents could help make their communities safer by volunteering and taking action on the roads of concern in their neighbourhood.
Hampshire Police say anyone interested in volunteering should first check that there isn't a scheme already running in their area or neighbouring area. If there isn’t, they should then either contact their local SNT officers by phoning 101 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the SpeedWatch campaign on the Hampshire Police website: http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/community-speedwatch