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Course to catch out dangerous speeders
8:00pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A SCHEME to track dangerous drivers in Wroughton was launched today, with volunteers being taught crucial skills in catching speeders.
Around 12 residents will now be armed with a speed recorder, a counter and a notepad to log all of the drivers who zoom through the village above the speed limit.
Although there are a number of Speedwatch Community groups across the borough, this is the first time there has been one serving Wroughton.
Residents and ward councillors attended the launch of the event at Wroughton Library to be trained up ahead of hitting the streets by themselves.
Brian Boston, who is a Speedwatch volunteer, said: “Wharf Road and High Street has had problems for some years with speeders.
“This initiative will address the issue and hopefully we will see some improvements.”
He said the top of Wharf Road was a danger-spot for crashes, with a number of accidents occurring over the years.
Once a driver has been caught, a letter will be sent to their address advising them that they should watch their speed in the future.
If they are caught a second time then a more strongly worded letter will be sent out, ahead of a third letter which will inform the driver that the police will be targeting them.
The project is being hosted by Swindon Council working in partnership with Wiltshire Police.
Coun Ann Richards, who was at the launch event, said the most dangerous thing she had experienced was a driver overtaking her on High Street while she was travelling at a speed of 30mph.
“Lots of drivers speed up near the traffic lights to get through before they change,” said Coun Richards, who represents the Wroughton and Wichelstowe wards.
Coun Brian Ford, who also represents the Wroughton and Wichelstowe wards, said: “Residents in Wroughton should watch out as 80 per cent of speeders are actually from the area,”
“A lot of residents have been concerned about speeders on Wharf Road.”
In June Wiltshire’s Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson approved funding for improvements to the support given to Community Speedwatch volunteers, following reports of a backlog in letters being sent to drivers caught speeding and a delay with training new volunteers.
The council is always looking for more volunteers to join the scheme. To become involved, people need to take part in a two-hour training day.
For more information, contact Tracy Scott, the council’s locality facilitator at swindonsouth@ swindon.gov.uk or call 01793 466239.
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