Dursley speedwatch scheme a success
12:02pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
THE GROUP set up to curb the high level of motorists speeding through Dursley has declared their first operation a resounding success.
The Dursley Community Speedwatch group was formed to encourage safer driving in the town by monitoring the speeds of passing cars – and informing the police of those breaking the speed limit.
While the process cannot bring about any action against drivers, they will receive letters from the police informing them off their breach.
The volunteer-run group uses high-visibility jackets and signs to highlight the fact they are operating on a certain section of road.
Dursley Town Cllr Matt Nicholson said the aim was not to punish or annoy drivers, but to alert drivers to the fact they were driving too fast.
He believes that, because of the group’s presence in Woodmancote on Saturday, September 21, the majority of drivers had slowed down.
Out of the 114 cars that had passed them only 20 had been recorded as being excess of the 30mph limit, with one being sent a letter for driving at 36mph.
In addition, Cllr Nicholson was pleased with the feedback from people.
“Generally, the reaction was very good. People we’re very encouraging.” he said.
“One person drove past and felt compelled to come back to us and shake our hands and thank us for what we were doing which was really pleasing. I just think it is an incredibly good thing for people to get involved in.”
The group are looking for more volunteers to help expand the scheme, which will potentially involve the parishes of Cam and Uley as well.
A corporate sponsor is also being sought to back the scheme with a new “speedar” gun, valued at £1,000 on its wishlist.
Anyone wishing to get involved can contact Cllr Nicholson on 01453 544657 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
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