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Speeding drivers to be targeted in Overton
8:49am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
SPEEDING drivers will be targeted in Overton after the parish council agreed to set up a Community SpeedWatch scheme.
Overton Parish Council will pay more than £2,000 to buy the necessary equipment, including a specialist camera and high visibility jackets.
The scheme, set up by Hampshire Constabulary, involves volunteers recording the speed of motorists and making a record of the registration of those who are driving above the limit.
Their details are then passed to the police, who will send a letter to the registered keeper advising them of the speed and reminding them of why it is a community concern.
Overton councillors agreed to set up the scheme in the village because of the strength of public feeling against speeding.
Councillor Lucy Sloane Williams said: “We are well aware that speeding is a hot topic in Overton, so it’s actually not a big spend for something important and close to people’s hearts.
“It would be irresponsible not to do this as people keep asking us to. Also, we want children to walk to school.”
Council chairman Cllr Tom Ridler added: “I have met with representatives from St Mary Bourne who have been carrying out their Community SpeedWatch for nearly two years and they believe it has produced a small decrease in speeds.
“They are also very keen that we get on board with this as it seems so few are employing them at the moment. With it, we will be able to build up a record of speeds and cars.”
The council now hopes to build a pool of volunteers to help run the scheme.
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