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Peterborough Speedwatch groups get funding boost

Measures to tackle speeding in local communities are receiving a funding boost.
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Funding has been pledged for projects aimed at reducing speeding in Cambridgeshire

The police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has pledged funding projects aimed at reducing speeding in the county.

Equipment used by volunteers for the Community Speedwatch scheme will be replaced and dedicated marked vans for the special constabulary will be provided for volunteer support.

Darryl Preston, police and crime commissioner, said: “Many people who live and work in the county tell me that they are concerned about speeding vehicles in their village, town or city. 

“It is really important that we educate these drivers about the dangers of speeding and prevent crashes before they happen. The Community Speedwatch scheme harnesses the passion of local communities to do just that. 

“The marked vans staffed by members of the special constabulary will also act as a visible deterrent to those not paying attention to speed warning signs.

“These volunteers all make a real difference to the safety of others which is why I am genuinely pleased to fund the equipment they need to do that job.”

Community Speedwatch does not enforce speeding laws but aims to educate motorists about speeding while monitoring speeding trends in neighbourhoods.

Volunteers are trained in the use of speed indicator devices which display a vehicle’s speed. 

The registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter from the force, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community. Repeated speeding results in a letter hand-delivered by a police officer. 

There are currently 135 schemes running in the county, 16 of which are active in Peterborough.

The commissioner awarded £15,000 to replace equipment used by Community Speedwatch scheme volunteers and £56,000 to fund marked police vans to be used by special constables. 

This includes an estimated £50,000 to cover the cost and fitting out of three new vans which are expected to arrive later this year.

To join your local Speedwatch team, or set one up in your area, email speedwatch@cambs.pnn.police.uk.