At least 6 residents are needed to set up a new Community Speedwatch Group in Acle.
Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.
Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences is collated (even across county borders), enforcement and prosecution follow.
Volunteers receive appropriate training, and are supported by neighbourhood policing team (NPT) staff. The scheme aims to cater for the problem of real or perceived speed related offending, and through partnership with the community it is to be used in circumstances that are necessary, justifiable and proportionate in order to:
- Reduce death and injury on the roads
- Improve the quality of life for local communities
- Reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit
- Increase public awareness of inappropriate speed
Speedwatch activity is not about interfering with neighbours’ behaviour; it is a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community.
Although 6 people are needed to set up a Group, it is vital to have more than 6 people or else the Group will soon fold,as 3 people are needed for each speed monitoring session. There was a Group in Acle a few years ago but gradually the number of volunteers dropped off and the Group was disbanded.
You only need to help out as little or as often as you can. Monitoring can only be done during daylight hours, but can be at weekends if that’s when the volunteers are available.
Please contact the parish clerk, Pauline James, if you are interested in joining an Acle Group.
Tel: 01493 751070 or Email: Paulinejames@aol.com