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Commissioner visits Bristol Community SpeedWatch scheme


Sue Mountstevens visits Community SpeedWatch in St George

PCC Sue Mountstevens has visited a new Community SpeedWatch group to mark road safety becoming an additional priority in her Police and Crime Plan.

A refreshed Police and Crime Plan for Avon and Somerset launched this week introduces road safety as an additional priority. The move recognises the importance of road safety to communities across Avon and Somerset and will bring increased support to, and scrutiny of, policing in this area.

Earlier today (Tuesday, March 17) Sue visited the group of Community SpeedWatch volunteers as they checked the speed of motorists in their community on Crews Hole Road in St George, Bristol. The group, which was trained just before Christmas, undertook their second roadside session and during Sue’s visit spoke to her about why they were motivated to set up a SpeedWatch group and their experience so far, and demonstrated how the group monitor and record traffic.

Welcoming the support of Community Speedwatch volunteers across Avon and Somerset, Sue said: “Community SpeedWatch is a fantastic initiative which allows local residents to be involved and have a positive impact on their communities. Every week volunteers take part in schemes across Avon and Somerset and show how much can be achieved when neighbourhood policing teams work to support and empower local residents in tackling community issues.

"The work of these volunteers and others like them supports the important work of the police are doing in educating people about road safety, carrying out enforcement action and providing a visible presence on our roads. Road safety is an issue which is important to our communities, and to me, and I believe it’s right it’s now recognised as an official priority.”

Superintendent Richard Corrigan, who is Avon and Somerset Police’s road safety lead added: “Road safety covers a broad range of important issues which require a mix of education and enforcement if we’re to tackle it properly. The police have a crucial role to play in keeping our roads safe and by working with our communities we can be even more successful. We should celebrate the work of our SpeedWatch volunteers, Special Constables who get involved in road safety initiatives and anyone else who gives up their time to make a difference.”

Susan Acton-Campbell, from the Community SppedWatch scheme Sue visited said: "We're just a group of local residents who don't like people speeding along our roads. The police have been very supportive in telling us about SpeedWatch and helping set up our scheme, and it helps us get our message across in a non-confrontational way." Phyll McVeigh, who is also part of the group, added: "It's a relief really, we're now empowered to do something about the problem otherwise people just disregard you."

You can read the latest Police and Crime Plan online here.

To find out more about how you can join or start a Community SpeedWatch team in your neighbourhood click here.
Posted on Tuesday 17th March 2015
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