Village Speed Guns
Villagers in South Northamptonshire look set to carry out
speed enforcement using hand held laser guns as part of
a pilot project.
Seven villages have been invited to take part in a pilot
scheme, called Community Speed Watch.
Among the villages involved are Helmdon and Whittlebury
and they attended a meeting last Thursday night, June 12,
where they were given full details of the pilot scheme and
how they could help in reducing speeding traffic through
The scheme has been developed by the county's Safety Camera
Partnership along with Northamptonshire County Council and
Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural
England), and also has the support of Northamptonshire Police.
Sergeant Darren Elliott heads the Enforcement Team at the
Safety Camera Partnership and said "We get many requests
from local residents and community beat officers asking
us for help because of speeding problems and we endeavour
to respond to as many as we can.
"The concept of community speed watch is to involve
the community more in tackling this major problem by encouraging
their own local residents to pledge to stick to the speed
limit in their own village and across the county.
"In return, we will supply them with the support and
tools necessary to encourage slower and safer driving."
There will be two levels of action trialled: High visibility
poster boards with a slow down message will be displayed
through the village; there will be regular visits from the
Safety Camera Team, coupled with visits by the portable
electronic Speed Indicator Device (SID) which shows motorists
how fast they are travelling by flashing up their speeds.
Residents will also be trained in the use of a hand-held
laser speed gun and will monitor traffic passing through
It is hoped that speed monitoring in these villages will
start next month and the pilot will run for three months.
The Brackley Post - 20th June 2003