Volunteers needed to catch speeding drivers

Members of Titchfield's Community Speedwatch team check the speed of motorists in St Margarets Lane at Titchfield in 2013. From left, Jane Bradley, Jim Bartlett, and Chris Walker'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13186-3)
Members of Titchfield's Community Speedwatch team check the speed of motorists in St Margarets Lane at Titchfield in 2013. From left, Jane Bradley, Jim Bartlett, and Chris Walker'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13186-3)
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A RALLYING cry for people to get up off their sofas and out on to the streets to help catch speeding drivers has gone out from the organiser of a speedwatch group.

Chris Walker, who runs the speedwatch scheme in Titchfield, said that volunteers are urgently needed to ensure the success of the scheme, which aims to make roads safer by clocking speeding drivers and sending them warning letters.

The scheme was set up in November 2012 and sees a team of volunteers take to the streets with a speed gun and flashing sign.

They take down details of anyone exceeding the speed limit and pass the details on to the police, who issue warning letters to the offender.

Mr Walker said: ‘This is a subject that never stops coming up and part of it is our own problem.

‘I have started and set up a speed watch system and got it running. I cover the whole of the area and there is another team in Warsash but the terrible thing is that there is only 16 of us.

‘You have got to get up out of your house and get out there and do it.

‘It is actually great fun, if you have a good sense of humour, but seriously nothing will happen to curb speeding drivers unless you go and do something about it.’

Speaking at the latest Community Action Team meeting in Titchfield, Mr Walker put out the plea for help after many residents at the meeting raised concerns about speeding to Sgt Nick Morgan, who is part of the local policing team for Crofton and Titchfield.

Sgt Morgan said that his team supported the speedwatch volunteers and that they did conduct their own operations based on information provided to them by the group.

He said: ‘We have done quite a few operations in the last six months and I would estimate that we have issued about 80 to 90 fixed penalty notices for speeding.

‘The team is out there with the gun probably twice a month.’

There are also similar speedwatch schemes in Warsash and Fareham, which also need volunteers.

To join Titchfield’s Speedwatch email Kipperwalker35@gmail.com, in Warsash email david@dknight.co.uk or in Fareham email communitysafety@fareham.gov.uk.