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'Help us' plea in war on speeding

PUBLISHED: 16:54 19 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:24 06 July 2010

A COMMUNITY campaign to help deter motorists from speeding needs more volunteers to come forward.

A Community Speed Watch scheme is being set up in various parishes in the Lowestoft area and has already succeeded in attracting some recruits.

A COMMUNITY campaign to help deter motorists from speeding needs more volunteers to come forward.

A Community Speed Watch scheme is being set up in various parishes in the Lowestoft area and has already succeeded in attracting some recruits.

However, police are still keen to find more people willing to volunteer their services.

The project has been unveiled by Lowestoft Rural North Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), working with Suffolk Roadsafe.

The parishes of Oulton, Blundeston & Flixton, Somerleyton and Lound have already signed up to the project, which has been given cash support through the locality budget of Suffolk county councillors Colin Law and Mike Barnard.

The money will enable the SNT to buy equipment for the scheme, such as speed monitor equipment, signs and high-visibility jackets.

Volunteer residents will be trained to use the equipment.

Suffolk police spokeswoman Anne-Marie Breach said: “There is now a total of eight volunteers signed up, but more are welcome.

“A meeting was recently held at the police station for four volunteers who received information about the next stage of setting up Community Speed Watch in villages north of Lowestoft.”

Most of the volunteers have been drawn from the Lound and Blundeston wards.

Oulton Parish Council is the most recent addition to the project.

The Community Speed Watch initiative has been running across the boundary in Norfolk for some years and was first implemented in Suffolk last year. Since then it has spread rapidly across the county.

It allows local communities to address local speeding and road safety issues by becoming actively involved. The aims are:

To reduce the numbers of drivers exceeding speed limits.

To re-educate drivers about the dangers of speeding.

To address concerns among local residents about cars speeding through their neighbourhoods.

Community Speed Watch volunteers will be part of the police support volunteer scheme.

Anyone interested in volunteering or setting up a Community Speed Watch scheme can contact their local safer neighbourhood team for more information on 01473 613500.

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