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Week of action to target speeding

Community SpeedWatch volunteers will be out in force this week (w/c 13 April) to reduce speeding in the Avon and Somerset area.

Speed checks will be held by Community SpeedWatch (CSW) volunteers, neighbourhood officers and the police Speed Enforcement Unit.

During Speed Awareness Week, which is a national week of action, there will be CSW speed checks at 26 locations across the area and officers will be attending a number of these sessions.  The aim of the week is to reduce speeding and also to remind drivers to keep a check on their speed for the safety of all road users.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "Local people tell me that road safety is important to them and speeding is often one of the issues they raise. Often they are worried about motorists travelling too fast near their homes, schools and shops so I’m very supportive of the work being done both by the police and the community themselves to make sure drivers travel at sensible speeds.

"Community SpeedWatch is a fantastic example of local people being empowered to help tackle the issue and work closely alongside their police to make a difference where they live."

The week also highlights the closer links that have been established between Community SpeedWatch and the Speed Enforcement Unit (SEU). In addition to the existing speed check locations used by the SEU, they will be increasing their visits to CSW locations where the public have highlighted high levels of speeding and the dangers this causes.

The week of action forms part of a wider road safety campaign which includes speed checks throughout the year as well as a range of other activities, such as the force’s free Road Smart driver awareness sessions looking at a number of driving risk factors.

Superintendent Richard Corrigan, the force’s road safety lead, said: "We are using this national week of action to launch a new highly visible Community SpeedWatch logo that will start to be seen across the Constabulary area. These signs, coupled with an improved working relationship between volunteers and the Speed Enforcement Unit, will form a highly visible presence to reduce speeds and keep our communities safer. This week of action enables us to put speed reduction in the spotlight to stress to motorists the dangers of driving too fast.

"We know that speeding is one of the issues most often raised by communities at PACT and public meetings and is therefore a priority for them and for us. This week is all about community partnership, about us working with the public to help keep their neighbourhoods safe."

For more information about how to get involved with your local Community SpeedWatch or find out more about Road Smart visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

Posted on Monday 13th April 2015
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