Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Police and residents join forces to tackle speeding

09:00 25 August 2013

PCSO Jan Jenkins and PC Dave Eastham

PCSO Jan Jenkins and PC Dave Eastham

Archant

POLICE and residents across Weston have joined forces to tackle speeding in their communities.

Hundreds of volunteers are working with police officers this week as part of a national speed awareness campaign.

Community Speed Watch (CSW) groups are staging checks throughout the area as part of the first co-ordinated effort across Avon and Somerset.

PC Dave Eastham from the Worle and villages neighbourhood team was conducting Speed Watch activity on Tuesday in Locking.

He said: “It is a great initiative and it is great that it is run by the community. The Speed Watch team does such a good job.

“Speeding is one of the main priorities put forward by communities again and again. More people are killed through road traffic accidents in the rural area than on motorways.

“Speed Watch is a preventative measure. If somebody is killed, people need to be aware of the impact on everyone.

“I think we need more people to step forward to get involved in Speed Watch, and all they need to do is call their local police. If there isn’t a team in your area, get in touch and we will help set one up.”

Teams work with the police to select dangerous problem areas. The team record the number of cars, take down the number plates of speeding vehicles and the police send warning letters to the culprits.

Speeding is one of the four main causes of serious injuries and deaths on the region’s roads.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Police volunteers do a fantastic job in support of the work of the police and this operation helps to recognise their contribution.

“I would also encourage people to get involved in CSW schemes and to report any concerns they may have about speeding in their area to their local beat team.”

Volunteers are needed for Winscombe, Sandford, Locking and Speed Watch teams across the area. To speak to your local beat team call Avon and Somerset police on 101.

0 comments

Other News Stories

17:00
Josh holding Rebel the Harris hawk.

A North Somerset not-for-profit organisation, which cares for exotic birds and animals, is urging the area’s finest photographers to dust off their cameras and showcase their skills at a competition it is hosting on Sunday.

Read more
16:19
Fire in Burnham Road, Burnham-on-Sea. Picture by Jason Adams

Fire crews are tackling a blaze at a house in Burnham-on-Sea this afternoon (Wednesday).

Read more
19:00
The abseiling team from the North Somerset Birds of Prey Centre.

An intrepid team from a North Somerset not-for-profit organisation conquered an abseil down Uphill Quarry to raise money for its latest appeal.

Read more
17:30
King Alfred School's poetry tree.

Year eight students from King Alfred School, in Highbridge, decorated one of the school’s trees with a host of original poetry.

Read more
15:00
The art festival will take place next month.

Budding artists, craftsmen and carpenters are being invited to take part in a popular crafts festival.

Read more
Unpaid Council tax is a 'concern' according to a debt charity.

The amount of unpaid council tax in North Somerset is at a ‘concerning’ level with the total nearing a reported £12million.

Read more
Police Road Closed sign.

Two people were left trapped in their cars last night (Tuesday) after a car crash in Highbridge involving two vehicles.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:13
Hovercraft

A man and a woman, both in their 60s, were rescued by firefighters in a hovercraft after becoming exhausted from walking along Weston-super-Mare beach earlier today (Tuesday).

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00
Spotlight Sparklers choir taking part in a samba workshop with Josh Bishop and Caitlin Callahan from crashbagworkshops.com

A village primary school’s choir was given an end-of-term treat when a music company hosted a rhythm workshop at the school.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00
Kieran Chapman is back in action after a broken leg.

A young cricketer from Weston-super-Mare has been back out in the middle this month after breaking his leg in a car crash in October.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 15°C

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications