DRIVERS caught speeding by police volunteers could soon find themselves hauled before the magistrates.

Wiltshire Police already has hundreds of Community Speedwatch volunteers, generating on average 40,000 reports every year from across the county. Currently, though, the speeders caught by the volunteer teams are simply reported to the force – but for administrative reasons the drivers are not fined or issued with court summons.

However, the recruitment of a new enforcement officer, who will go out on patrol with the speedwatch teams, and improvements to police IT systems will mean that more drivers caught speeding by the volunteers will be fined.

The extra officer and new kit has been funded by a £70,000 investment from the police and crime commissioner and county police force.

Assistant Chief Constable Deb Smith said: “The primary reason for this investment is enhancing road safety – particularly in communities that are at increased risk or where repeat offending is present.”