East Hampshire residents to get speed monitors in a bid to slow down drivers

GO SLOW Sgt Parkes' speed monitor
GO SLOW Sgt Parkes' speed monitor

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RESIDENTS will be given speed-monitoring equipment by police in a bid to crack down on drivers breaking the limit.

Police say they are determined to stamp out the problem in Clanfield, Horndean and Rowlands Castle.

A new scheme, called Community Speedwatch, will see volunteers given equipment to allow them to stand by the roadside and detect speeding cars.

So far 19 volunteers have received training by the police and will work alongside officers to monitor speeding.

They will make a note of speeding cars and offenders will be sent advisory letters – but not fines.

It comes after a police survey of more than 400 people concluded that more than half of residents said speeding should be the police’s priority.

Sergeant Gavin Parkes, who is running the new scheme, said: ‘It has consistently been shown from feedback sessions with local residents and councillors that speeding is the biggest priority the community want us to address.

‘Community Speedwatch is one avenue in helping us achieving this.

‘The aim of Speedwatch is to educate, not to penalise, and vehicles travelling above the speed limit will either receive advisory letters, or if caught more than once, further letters or visits by the local police team to highlight the situation and potential consequences of their actions.’

The parish councils in Clanfield, Horndean and Rowlands Castle each paid £800 to buy the speed detectors.

Rowlands Castle councillor Marge Harvey welcomed the initiative.

She said: ‘It’s dangerous if people are speeding.

‘The most obvious thing that seems to happen when police do these sorts of things is that it is mostly local people doing the speeding.

‘The problem is people get used to these routes and the police not being around. They just drive and don’t think they are speeding.’

The scheme will be officially launched in Catherington Lane, Horndean, on Friday.