Helping to keep our roads safe
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner recently joined volunteers from Hastings Community Speed Watch as they recorded vehicles exceeding the speed limit.
Hastings Community Speed Watch was set up in October 2013 and is part of a national initiative where local people volunteer to support the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.
Mrs Bourne spent over two hours with volunteers and police officers from Hastings and Rother Prevention Team and helped record 26 vehicles in a 30 mph limit that were exceeding 36 mph or greater – seven of which were driving at over 40mph.
Commenting on the work of the Hastings Community Speed Watch, Mrs Bourne said:
“It was a pleasure to be able to join this group of committed volunteers to improve road safety and reduce the number of casualties across Sussex.
Their supportive work with Sussex Police and partner initiatives like Operation Crackdown encourages local people to get involved and play their part in making the roads of Sussex safer.
I will continue to encourage communities and partners to play a full and active part in making the roads of Sussex safer, and will seek to put measures in place which help prevent the main causes of death and injury on the roads of Sussex.
Community Speed Watch teams are always looking for new volunteers and, if anyone wants to set up a group locally, Sussex Police are on hand to offer training, advice and ongoing support.”
Bob Kenward, the coordinator for Hastings Community Speed Watch, said: “We were delighted that the PCC was able to join us and witness first-hand the work of our volunteers at the roadside.
“Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences is collated (even across county borders), enforcement and prosecution follow.”
Find out more about volunteering for Community Speed Watch by clicking here.