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17
MAY
2018

PCC praises “commitment” shown by Norfolk’s Community Speed Watch volunteers

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More than 600 vehicles were caught speeding during a special day of action by Norfolk’s team of dedicated Community Speed Watch (CSW) volunteers.

The 5 May event saw almost 40 CSW teams take to the roads to highlight how the public can come together to tackle speeding issues.

A large number of CSW groups, as well as Road Safety teams, Roads Policing officers, the Special Constabulary and Norfolk Police Cadets took part in the day which saw 605 vehicles caught speeding.

The volunteers, who clocked up in excess of 65 hours, also noted the details of 17 high speed offences – Those going 20mph faster than the legal limit.

Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, said: “It is clear we have a dedicated team of Community Speed Watch volunteers in our county. The purpose of such schemes are not to spoil our pleasure in responsible driving, but to protect us from unsafe driving and I would like to thank the CSW volunteers for their continued commitment and support in helping the police to keep Norfolk’s roads safe.

“Road safety is a big concern for many of Norfolk’s residents, with excessive speed being one of the Fatal 4 factors which put our road users at risk and this is community spirit at its best.”

Every person seen to be breaking the limit will receive a warning letter but those committing high speed offences will be personally visited by a Police Officer.

Inspector Vicky Hebborn, of Community Safety and Citizens in Policing, added: “The day was a great success and I hope the warnings people receive will make them think twice about speeding in our County.

“The work volunteers do for the police is extremely valuable and allows local communities to play a key part in keeping their local area safe. The details of those speeding will be logged on a database in case they are caught again and provides a great insight into the speeding picture across Norfolk.

“I would like to personally thank every volunteer for the contribution they bring to our policing world.”

Each of the 7 districts across Norfolk has a designated police officer called an Engagement Officer who is a point of contact for the Community Speed Watch Schemes who will provide support and assistance to members.

If you would like to set up a Community Speed Watch scheme in your village or town, contact the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership on 01603 276433 or the local police district Engagement Officer by dialling 101.