First Wessex and police in Eastleigh are committed to making our roads safer by tacking speeding and anti-social use of vehicles. Last year Hampshire Constabulary launched Community Speedwatch in Eastleigh.
Community Speedwatch cells are currently being set up across the area including; Fair Oak & Horton Heath, Chandlers Ford & Knightwood, Eastleigh Central and now First Wessex is working with Eastleigh’s Safer Neighbourhoods team to launch a joint initiative.
Debbie Vickers, Volunteering & Work Experience Coordinator at First Wessex, said “This is a locally driven initiative where active members of the community become Police Support Volunteers and work with the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles at specific locations using speed detection equipment. We are looking for community spirited volunteers who wish to support their neighbourhoods within Eastleigh”
First Wessex are funding the purchase of speed detection equipment and are encouraging their residents to do something positive and proactive to tackle speeding vehicles. SpeedWatch is a community scheme that can only take place in 20mph, 30mph and some 40 mph limits or zones. It allows residents to take action, helping us to educate drivers on the roads where they live.
The scheme is supported by the police in Eastleigh’s Safer Neighbourhoods team but run by volunteers. Volunteers will use equipment that can monitor the speed of passing traffic and record the details, later adding them to a database. Vehicle checks will be undertaken by the police and letters will then be sent to the registered keepers advising them of the speed and reminding them of why it is a community concern.
Chris Spellerberg, Safer Neighbourhoods Sergeant for the Central Eastleigh area said “I really welcome this joint work with First Wessex, many residents tell First Wessex and us that speeding cars are a big concern, affecting their quality of life. SpeedWatch Volunteers will help by educating motorists that excess speed is illegal, unsafe and anti social. I’m pleased that First Wessex are funding the equipment to make this happen and give their residents the opportunity to do something positive where they live”.
“This is very much about education, not enforcement, which is specifically a police role. My team as well as speed enforcement have a number of other priorities including preventing and investigating crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. This scheme is in addition to and compliments the work of my officers who will continue their regular speed enforcement activity on roads where there have been complaints.”
To find out more, First Wessex residents are invited to attend a informal presentation 4 – 5pm, Wednesday 29 February at Charlotte Yonge House, Tollgate, Chandlers Ford, SO53 3YP. For further information please contact Debbie Vickers, Volunteering & Work Experience Coordinator on 023 9289 6744.
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Not a First Wessex resident but want to find out more? More information on the Community SpeedWatch campaign