First Wessex working with Eastleigh Police to tackle speeding.

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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I'm the Saferneighbourhood (beat) Sergeant for Eastleigh Central, a busy area covering Allbrook, Boyatt Wood, Newtown, Eastleigh Town Centre & adjoining residential areas, Fleming Park, Aviary Estate, to Stoneham. I lead a team of committed PCSO's & PC's. Our job is to look after vulnerable people and lock up villains. Stop crime happening and whilst doing all this we try to give residents & business the best service possible. We do make a difference but don't get it right all the time. Tell me & my team your neighbourhood concerns. Call, email, stop us on patrol or pop into the station. 

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  8 comments for “First Wessex working with Eastleigh Police to tackle speeding.

  1. Peter Stewart
    February 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Chuckle! If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, eh? This is how it starts. Orwell had it right. I tell you, soon EVERYONE will be wearing black paramilitary uniforms with yellow fluorescent jackets. Jeremy Clarkson eat your heart out! This curious love of high viz jackets really amuses me. In the world of insects, it’s called “mimicry”. It’s how the little guys in bugland give themselves a little extra gravitas…by dressing up as the big boys.

    Speed guns (when they can be trusted to work reliably) should only be used by specially trained police. They should NOT be used by citizens with a frustrated “gun complex”.

    Years ago I respected and obeyed speed limits. Nowadays I merely obey them.

    The proliferation of money spinning speed cameras and deliberately low speed limits has completely discredited the speed limit system and the Speed Kills policy has been responsible for the death of at least 10,000 people by drastically reducing the rate of decline of fatal accidents. WE NEED MORE POLICE PATROL CARS.

    To prosecute or not should be left to the discretion of the police, as it used to be. For instance if a police patrol car catches someone exceeding the speed limit, there should be the option of letting them off with a caution if their driving is safe. That is for the police to decide under the circumstances.

  2. February 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I find it interesting that First Wessex, a Housing Association, are funding the equipment for this scheme.

    In Hedge End West End and Botley its the poor old Council Tax payer who has to foot the bill.

    Getting the Housing Association to fund the equipment, which will clearly be of benefit to its residents, is an imaginative way of solving the funding problem.

  3. Charlie Keene
    February 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I have to say I can’t help reading items like this without reflecting on a well told web story, which even if not true is very funny. I found it on Autocar.co.uk (http://www.autocar.co.uk/forums/t/881.aspx):

    Amusing Speed Camera Story – God Bless the RAF
    Dec 17, 2007 11:49 AM

    Picked upon Reuters earlier today.

    Two British traffic patrol officers from North Berwick were involved in an unusual incident while checking for speeding motorists on the A1 Great North Road. One of the officers used a hand-held radar device to check the speed of a vehicle approaching over the crest of a hill, and was surprised when the speed was recorded at over 300 mph. Their radar suddenly stopped working and the officers were not able to reset it.

    Just then a deafening roar over the treetops revealed that the radar had in fact latched on to a RAF Tornado fighter jet which was engaged in a low-flying exercise over the Border district, approaching from the North Sea.

    Back at police headquarters the chief constable fired off a stiff complaint to the RAF Liaison office.

    Back came the reply in true laconic RAF style:

    “Thank you for your message, which allows us to complete the file on this incident. You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Tornado had detected the presence of, and subsequently locked onto, your hostile radar equipment and automatically sent a jamming signal back to it. Furthermore, an air-to-ground missile aboard the fully-armed aircraft had also automatically locked onto your equipment. Fortunately the pilot flying the Tornado recognized the situation for what it was, quickly responded to the missile systems alert status, and was able to override the automated defence system before the missile was launched and your hostile radar installation was destroyed”

    • Lance merckx
      February 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Not true. I heard this story 15 years ago, see the snopes website.

      http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/radar.asp

      • wavatar
        Eastleigh Xpress
        February 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm

        Well spotted that man.

        Still a good story though, better than many true ones.

        Are you into cycling by any chance Lance?

  4. February 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
    C.S. Lewis

    I quite agree with the fist comment that the use of speed guns should be left to the Police. They are democratically accountable for their actions via the courts and a discipline code.
    Can the same be said of the local ‘worthies’ that want to take up speed guns?

    This issue does not stop at exisitng speed limits (with which I agree and adhere to willingly). Eastleigh Borough Council wants to set up 20 mph zones and have those enforced by these neighbourhood worthies.

    2 questions immeadiatly spring to mind:-

    1) Who asked us if we want this method of enforcement?
    2) Where is the statistical proof that 20 mph speed zones are required?

    I refer you back to my openning quote.

    Surely the use of neighbours to prosecute neighbours is something that would have been familiar to residents of Germany in the 1930’s and residents of the Soviet Union?

    This message is brought to you by a retired police officer who after 30 years service, accident free on cars and motorbikes would have most of you driving with stabilisers your standards are so low! Having said that my sense of freedom and liberty overides that instinct completely.

    If you agree with this comment and wish to campaign against the proposed measures you may contact the English Democrats on eastleigh@engdem.org

  5. February 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

    What really amazes me about the use of “speed guns” is that the times I have seen them operated by police and local militia types, is that they are at times extremley visible. Is this a tactic to ensure cars slow down or just poor planning and execution.

    My wife had an experience of one operative with a speed gun in The New Forest. She was targeted by a person who jumped out of the roadside foliage into the road and raised the speed gun. To my unsuspecting wife, this was a dreadful shock who, thinking that this was a ‘mad gunman’ swerved her car violently in an effort to miss what turned out to be…. a policemen.

    Its clear that we need more patrol cars / motorcylces out on our roads. The use of indscriminate roadside cameras, while useful as a cash cow, obviously lacks the senseability of a patroling policemen.

    One work colleague was caught by a roadside camera doing 35 in 30 zone, getting to a child who had been taken receive emergency medical attention. The prize for this infraction was an £80 fine and a placement at a re-eduction course.

    While I think that most of us want to see more unifrmed police out on patrol, we also want to see a bit more common sense when applying the law like the old time coppers did when I was a kid.

  6. D Sneddon
    February 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

    This is not a task for ‘volunteers’ – it should remain firmly under police control. Failing that, why can’t the complete waste of money PCSOs be trained to do something useful?

    This will set neighbour against neighbour. Old grudges will be borne out in speeding convictions. Although I consider myself a worthy resident of the Borough – there is no way I would volunteer for this ill thought out, cost cutting exercise.

    How long before residents will be expected to apprehend criminals as the police don’t have time to deal with crime?

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