Speed Guns Handed To Villagers
Speed guns are to be issued to residents of Whittlebury
and Helmdon to help trap motorists who speed through the
The scheme, the first of its kind in the county, is part
of the Community Speed Watch project set up by the Safety
Camera Partnership in association with Northamptonshire
Police, South Northants Council and Action with Communities
in Rural England.
Ten volunteers will form a team in each village. They will
then be trained to operate a laser gun, working in teams
of two over a three-month trial period.
Geoffrey Holbrooke, chairman of Whittlebury Parish Council,
said "Some villages are particularly prone to speeding
due to the type of route through. In Whittlebury, the road
is long and straight so people do not always slow down.
We have a school in the village and it is dangerous for
the children. I have a lot of faith that this will work
and make the village safer for everyone."
On the first and second offence the driver will receive
a letter from the police and the third offence is expected
to lead to a prosecution.
Sgt Darren Elliott, who heads the enforcement team at the
Safety Camera Partnership, said the concept of the scheme
was to increase community involvement and to help each area
tackle their own major problem.
Before the villages are issued with the gun they must gather
120 signatures from residents, pledging they will adhere
to the limit through every village in the county. Sgt Elliott
added: "In return, we will supply them with the support
and tools necessary to encourage slower and safer driving."
If the trial is successful in reducing the speed of through-traffic,
similar schemes will be set up in other villages.
The Banbury Cake - 20th June 2003