Funding to help make roads safer

By a County Press reporter

Friday, July 18, 2014

 

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 speedwatch@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

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

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by tony white

19th July 2014, at 17:59:26

perhaps i am missing the point here and if so i do apologise, each year i am forced to pay an ever increasing police precept with my council tax and each year i see less and less policing on the Island with stations being shut and rarely seeing beat or traffic patrols,
Why should people have to volunteer to do the job we are already paying the police to do. Speeding, dangerous driving, use of mobile phones, ignoring road signs, ignoring traffic lights, this is what we are paying for the police to enforce the law but they don't

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by David Blackford

19th July 2014, at 06:16:29

Beats me why anyone (idiot) feels the need to exceed the speed limit. - Here on the Island the average journey must be less than 10 miles - save less than 5 minutes

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by Steve Smith

19th July 2014, at 02:05:33

10 policemen for £135,000 No you are right, absolutely ridiculous!

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by Paul Cox

18th July 2014, at 21:10:31

Instead of wasting £135,000 on hair brained, stupid, waste of time ideas like this, why doesn't the commissioner use the money to employ ten further policemen who can go out and enforce some laws? Absolutely ridiculous !

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by John James

18th July 2014, at 16:30:10

Good start maybe they could start down beaper shute where cars regularly do three figure speeds also a crackdown on mobile phone use and poor driving in general would be a welcome change.

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by Tim Muncaster

18th July 2014, at 14:35:27

Pathetic. Far better to spend the money on teaching people to drive properly in the first place instead of just trying to catch bad drivers.

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by Colin Russell

18th July 2014, at 14:31:29

Its like the old saying Don, if it ain't broke,,,,,,,,,,,,,but there is always some one who will try and fix it for the wrong reason, but hey ho thats life.

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by George Hollett

18th July 2014, at 13:56:58

With you on the cyclists Don...

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by Don Prescott

18th July 2014, at 13:44:55

Crikey Mark, I find myself agreeing with you yet again!

The link you refer to is by the Inst. Of Advanced Motorists (pity there isn't an Inst. of Advanced Cyclists to teach them it is illegal to ride on the pavement or 3 abreast on Military road) and you will find it here:

http://www.iam.org.uk/media-and-research/media-centre/news-archive/20505-casualties-increase-in-20mph-zones

This is just another "justifying my existence" promotion from an unnecessary and unwanted tier of bureaucracy.

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by Mark Hitchman

18th July 2014, at 13:35:12

There was an article produced recently that said 20mph zones has actually increased casualties and prduced a negative impact on road safety. I can't find it at present, when I do I'll put up the link

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