Community Speedwatch scheme to start in Dursley if volunteers come forward
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help combat speeding in Dursley.
Dursley Town Council is looking for residents to help monitor the speeds of motorists in the town and discourage irresponsible drivers.
The Community Speed Watch project, supported by the Dursley Neighbourhood Policing Team, will see volunteers trained and supplied with a speed gun as well as high visibility jackets.
The scheme works by the volunteers registering motorists’ speeds with the speed gun on certain roads and, if they are found to be in excess of the speed limit, their details are forwarded to the police.
While the police will not enforce penalties on the drivers, they will send them a letter warning them that they have been recorded breaching the limit and educated on potential repercussions of continued breaches in the future.
Cllr Matt Nicholson, who started the initiative in Dursley, said the first areas of focus in the town would be Woodmancote and Uley Road before moving to other areas of concern.
"These roads have caused a great deal of concern over the years. I know a lot of people who have had knocks on Woodmancote," he said.
"I would much rather nip it in the bud now before something terrible happens. It needs addressing, some people need to realise it is a 30mph limit."
Six volunteers are being looked for initially before the programme expands and a corporate sponsor is also being sought to help fund the project.
Volunteers must be over 18 years old and there are also vacancies for people to help with the administration side of the project.
At Dursley Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday, August 6, councillors voted unanimously to help fund the signs that would be put up in areas where the project would take place – provided enough volunteers come forward.
Anyone interested should contact Cllr Nicholson on 01453 544657 or via email@example.com Alternatively you can contact Dursley Town Council’s clerk Helen Bojaniwska on 01453 547758 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
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