Hampshire crime commissioner pledges cash for SpeedWatch scheme

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THE success of community volunteer groups in reducing speeding has promoted funding for the entire county.

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes has pledged £135,000 over two years to encourage the expansion of the Community SpeedWatch programme.

The funding is allocated to assist with the cost of setting up around 70 new schemes.

It is off the back of success in places like Rowlands Castle and Horndean where residents took action to stop dangerous speeding drivers.

Each scheme is managed by the local Safer Neighbourhoods Team but is run by volunteers. They use equipment that monitors the speed of passing traffic.

Details of those breaking the speed limit are recorded and vehicle details added to a database. These details are then checked against the Police National Computer Bureau and letters can be sent out to the registered keeper of the offending vehicles warning them they were speeding but not giving a penalty.

Mr Hayes said: ‘Through my engagement with the public, speeding is often raised as a concern. Because of this I want to encourage local residents to take positive action by setting up a Community SpeedWatch in their area. They can do this by volunteering and taking action on the roads of concern in their neighbourhood.’

Call 101 or e-mail speedwatch@hampshire.pnn.police.uk