Villagers to be trained to use community speed cameras

VILLAGERS in St Neots will be trained in the New Year to use community speed cameras in a bid to slow down speeding motorists. Speed Watch will be run by community volunteers and supported by Cambridgeshire police. The aim of the scheme is to re-educate

VILLAGERS in St Neots will be trained in the New Year to use community speed cameras in a bid to slow down speeding motorists.

Speed Watch will be run by community volunteers and supported by Cambridgeshire police. The aim of the scheme is to re-educate drivers about the dangers of speeding.

As well as encouraging motorists to slow down the scheme aims to allow members of the public to take an active role in making their community safer.

New sector inspector for St Neots and District, Inspector Mark Greenhalgh, welcomed the news. Speaking to The Hunts Post he said: "The aim of the Speed Watch scheme is to make drivers think twice about their driving habits and to slowdown."

Members of the public will be trained to use the free-standing tripod speed detecting unit in the New Year. Motorists who are caught speeding will get a letter telling them they have broken the speed limit and should slowdown.

Inspector Greenhalgh added: "Speed Watch is not a law enforcement activity. It will allow communities to identify problem roads where the police should be conducting speed checks. It is a community solution to a community problem. Some volunteers have already come forward to help."

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The units could be used on any day of the week and at any time of the day.

Roads to be targeted with the new unit include Monarch Road, Nelson Road, Barford Road and Andrew Road.

The units were tested in Ely earlier in the year and are due to be rolled out in St Neots late January to early February.

INFORMATION: Does Speed Watch sound like a good idea? Send your views to: editor@huntspost.co.uk or write to: Speed Watch debate, The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3TB.

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