RESIDENTS determined to stop drivers speeding in Portsmouth have teamed up with police to crack the problem.
Volunteers from Fratton will use specialist equipment to monitor the speed of traffic, adding their details to a database, which police then use to send a warning letter to the owner of any speeding vehicles.
The Community Speedwatch scheme is managed by Hampshire Constabulary’s Safer Neighbourhoods teams, while volunteers run the monitoring of drivers.
PCSO Stephen Ward, of the Nelson Safer Neighbourhoods team, said speeding affects the quality of life in the area.
‘This in turn makes it one of the biggest community priorities, particularly in Portsmouth for residents of Hanway Road, Twyford Avenue and Stride Avenue,’ he said. ‘I would like to thank all those residents who have volunteered their time and support.
‘I hope the response received by the Nelson Safer Neighbourhoods team can be replicated and reinforced in other parts of Portsmouth.’
The scheme sees funding from Portsmouth City Council for speed monitoring equipment, high-visibility clothing and signs.
The scheme can only be run in 20mph, 30mph and 40mph limit areas.
And councillors have welcomed residents’ commitment to helping reduce the number of speeding drivers in the area.
Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Lynne Stagg said: ‘People say: “something must be done about this”, but it’s up to us as the public.
‘That’s why I’ve volunteered for Speedwatch. If I can do it, everyone else can do it.’
Volunteers are recruited by the police and vetted before they become police support volunteers.
To get involved, contact the police via email@example.com for more information.
The cost of setting up a scheme is £3,000, with funding sought from local bodies.