Civic bosses back speed crackdown

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WINCHESTER civic chiefs are supporting community speedwatch where members of public use speedguns on passing cars.

The town forum heard that some villages such as Hursley are taking part in the scheme with Hampshire Police.

Volunteers check on the speed of motorists and anyone breaking the limit will be sent a police letter, although they cannot be fined.

Only police officers can issue tickets.

Councillors on the forum liked the idea and agreed to encourage members of the public to volunteer.

They see it working in conjunction with the introduction of 20mph limits in Highcliffe, Stanmore and Winnall.

Sgt Richard Holland, of Hampshire Police, said the scheme was working well in east Hampshire in villages such as Clanfield. He said experience showed that community speedwatch was cheaper and more effective than the static speed signs that tell speeding drivers to slow down.

Sgt Holland said drivers usually only receive two warning letters before they chnage their behaviour.

It has yet to take off in the Winchester area. The forum heard that in Hursley it was hampered by a lack of volunteers.

Cllr Ian Tait said he did not think speeding was a major problem in Winchester.

The forum agreed to be prepared to spend £5,000 on equipment if the demand was there from volunteers.

Cllr Robert Sanders said it should be trialled first, using borrowed equipment, before any money was committed.

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11:31am Thu 22 Nov 12

Northamboy says...

Speeding motorists should be brought to book by police or safety camera partnerships. In other words people who are experienced and properly trained and not by vigilante's as that's what these people effectively are.

Leave it to the professionals not do gooders, after all what happens if it sets neighbour off against neighbour?

We pay our rates and we should have proper policing not relying on the community to 'police' speeding vehicles. Daft idea!
Speeding motorists should be brought to book by police or safety camera partnerships. In other words people who are experienced and properly trained and not by vigilante's as that's what these people effectively are. Leave it to the professionals not do gooders, after all what happens if it sets neighbour off against neighbour? We pay our rates and we should have proper policing not relying on the community to 'police' speeding vehicles. Daft idea! Northamboy

12:02pm Thu 22 Nov 12

peenut81 says...

^^^You're forgetting this is the big society now, the government are looking to reduce costs and free labour to do the polices work is a big a saving as you can make.
^^^You're forgetting this is the big society now, the government are looking to reduce costs and free labour to do the polices work is a big a saving as you can make. peenut81

12:06pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Nutstrangler says...

Why not just issue the villagers with red flags so they can walk in front of these new-fangled machines, thereby keeping their speeds down.
Why not just issue the villagers with red flags so they can walk in front of these new-fangled machines, thereby keeping their speeds down. Nutstrangler

12:06pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Nutstrangler says...

Why not just issue the villagers with red flags so they can walk in front of these new-fangled machines, thereby keeping their speeds down.
Why not just issue the villagers with red flags so they can walk in front of these new-fangled machines, thereby keeping their speeds down. Nutstrangler

12:06pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Nutstrangler says...

Why not just issue the villagers with red flags so they can walk in front of these new-fangled machines, thereby keeping their speeds down.
Why not just issue the villagers with red flags so they can walk in front of these new-fangled machines, thereby keeping their speeds down. Nutstrangler

12:06pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Nutstrangler says...

Why not just issue the villagers with red flags so they can walk in front of these new-fangled machines, thereby keeping their speeds down.
Why not just issue the villagers with red flags so they can walk in front of these new-fangled machines, thereby keeping their speeds down. Nutstrangler

12:08pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Nutstrangler says...

Apologies for multiple post....stupid, slow website !
Apologies for multiple post....stupid, slow website ! Nutstrangler

12:52pm Thu 22 Nov 12

rickey says...

Soon everybody will be working in some way for the state and getting their small share of power. Everywhere you look now there are people spying on you and running to the Police at every opportunity. This is not the way to build good communities when everybody cannot trust their neighbours.
Soon everybody will be working in some way for the state and getting their small share of power. Everywhere you look now there are people spying on you and running to the Police at every opportunity. This is not the way to build good communities when everybody cannot trust their neighbours. rickey

2:57pm Thu 22 Nov 12

TheGooseisLoose says...

why are the police shooting amphetamines out of guns
why are the police shooting amphetamines out of guns TheGooseisLoose

3:25pm Thu 22 Nov 12

freefinker says...

TheGooseisLoose wrote:
why are the police shooting amphetamines out of guns
.. 'cause they're dopes?
[quote][p][bold]TheGooseisLoose[/bold] wrote: why are the police shooting amphetamines out of guns[/p][/quote].. 'cause they're dopes? freefinker

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