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Keeping an eye on car speeds
12:00pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
COMMUNITY minded individuals took to Charlton Road on Wednesday morning to keep a watchful eye on motorists’ speeds and help highlight road safety.
The volunteers used a Speed Indicator Device (SID) to monitor the speeds of passing traffic and recorded the details, later adding them to a database.
The SID shows motorists the speed they are going and will show either a smiling face, if the motorist is within the speed limit, or a sad face if the motorist has exceeded the limit.
The Community SpeedWatch initiative is being rolled out by Hampshire Constabulary to increase awareness about the dangers of speeding.
Vehicle checks are undertaken by the police and letters are then sent to the registered keepers advising them of the speed and reminding them of why it is a community concern.
Community SpeedWatch allows members of the community to become police support volunteers and take action, helping police to educate drivers on the roads of concern in their area.
PCSO Katie Treagust from Andover Safer Neighbourhoods Team said: “We are appealing for more volunteers to come forward to take part in the initiative.
“The more volunteers they get, the more times they can get out there and monitor the traffic.”
Anyone interested in volunteering for the scheme or wishing to start a new speed watch area can contact Katie on firstname.lastname@example.org/police.uk or 101 quoting her collar number 14865.
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