Published on April 4th, 2013 | by James Clarke
Photos: Community Speed Watch in Ashmore Park
Residents have joined Police officers at a Community Speed Watch initiative to combat speeding in Ashmore Park.
Speeding has been identified as a concern by the community at Wednesfield North PACT meetings. In a bid to help tackle this, local Police officers launched a Community Speed Watch scheme, which allows volunteers from the community to work alongside officers to tackle the problem.
Volunteers were trained to use handheld speed detection devices to monitor the speed of passing vehicles and any vehicle exceeding the speed limit had it’s details recorded, officers then used the police database to establish the names and addresses of drivers to send out warning letters.
During an hour long period, more than 10 vehicles were detected exceeding the 30 mph speed limit on Kitchen Lane in Ashmore Park and one driver was also observed using a mobile phone.
Police are planning to run more Community Speed Watch sessions, before running a Speeding enforcement drive, during which time anyone caught exceeding the speed limit will automatically be given a fine and 3 points on their license.
Anyone interested in taking part in future Speed Watch sessions should contact PC Richard Miller on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 and ask for Wednesfield Police Station.