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New Speed Watch launched in Blythburgh

PUBLISHED: 11:20 12 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 05 July 2010

A PIONEERING road safety scheme has been launched on a notorious north Suffolk road.

Community Speed Watch started in style this week, as the A12 at Blythburgh became the first in Suffolk to have trained volunteers using laser speed guns.

A PIONEERING road safety scheme has been launched on a notorious north Suffolk road.

Community Speed Watch started in style this week, as the A12 at Blythburgh became the first in Suffolk to have trained volunteers using laser speed guns.

The sight of Blythburgh's first Speedwatch volunteers, who were accompanied by police trainers, was enough to reduce village traffic to a crawl when the team appeared for their training session on Monday .

“Before they even pointed a laser gun, the Blythburgh Community Speedwatch scheme will be the first in the county to go live,” said spokesman David Tytler.

Within Suffolk, the newly-formed Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership - which is made up of representatives from the county council, police, fire service, ambulance service, Highways Agency and Suffolk Safety Camera Partnership - is aiming to reduce the number of road casualties and to promote road safety.

“This scheme aims to share the responsibility for addressing speed-related offences between the community and the police,” a police spokesperson said. “The scheme consists of active members of the community joining together to monitor speed at selected locations with Home Office approved speed detection devices. The speed and vehicles details of offending vehicles are recorded and passed to the police. A letter of caution is then generated and sent to the registered keeper warning them of the dangers of excess speed.”

As all Community Speed Watch Schemes must be self-funding, the Blythburgh group's £2,115 laser gun “went live,” having been paid for by the Latitude music festival held in nearby Henham Park.

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