Volunteers join forces to drive
down speed in North Yorkshire

22.08.2019

Volunteer speed camera operators from across North Yorkshire joined forces this week to make a stand against speeding drivers in their communities.

More than 20 Community Speed Watch groups took to the roads on Tuesday during a day of action to deter drivers from exceeding the speed limit.

It was the county’s biggest ever turnout of Community Speed Watch groups on a single day.

The volunteers used a number of approaches, including monitoring speeds and providing high-visibility deterrents, to encourage motorists to observe speed limits and drive carefully in villages, suburbs and other residential areas.

They were supported by North Yorkshire Police’s safety camera vans, which were deployed to several locations to work alongside volunteers.

The deployments marked a nationwide campaign by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network.

Jamie Smith, of North Yorkshire Police’s Traffic Bureau, said: “We’re extremely grateful to volunteers for the fantastic turnout across 24 Community Speed Watch locations – it shows how much people care about this issue and support North Yorkshire Police’s attempts to tackle speeding.

“By working with us, they are helping us make our roads safer while also directly improving the places they live. It’s a win-win approach.”

North Yorkshire now has 69 Community Speed Watch groups, which monitor speeds, provide a highly-visible deterrent and pass on information to the police so offenders can be dealt with.

Its main aim is to draw drivers’ attention to speed limits in areas where communities feel excessive speed is affecting their quality of life, and to educate them about the impact of their actions.

It was developed after a public consultation run by the Police and Crime Commissioner in July 2014 which showed that four out of five residents were concerned about road safety in North Yorkshire, and that 72 per cent of people felt that more should be done to improve road safety through enforcement or education.

The scheme was piloted between March and September 2015 and due to positive results and a positive public response, it now forms one part of North Yorkshire Police’s approach to roads policing.

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