Date Published: 06 December 2021
A Community Speed Watch Scheme that has allowed Rutland residents to report speeding in their communities has resulted in more than 500 letters of caution issued by Leicestershire Police.
Community Speed Watch, which is co-ordinated by Rutland County Council and delivered in partnership with local police constables and Leicestershire Police, provides local volunteers with the equipment and training they need to monitor traffic and record details of vehicles that are driven above local speed limits. These details are passed onto the police for vehicle checks to be carried out. Warning letters are then sent from the police to the registered keepers, advising them of their speed violation and reminding them of why it is a community concern, along with advice to help change their driving behaviour.
This latest round of Rutland Community Speed Watch Schemes began in Barleythorpe in June and has since involved Stretton, Ryhall and Essendine, before concluding. The hope is that drivers will recognise the importance of driving within the speed limit and take more care when driving through Rutland and beyond.
Over a period of six months since the first Speed Watch event took place in Barleythorpe, a total of 558 letters were sent by Leicestershire Police to motorists found to be speeding. Parish volunteers and organisers who gave their own time to record speeding motorists through their villages are being praised for their efforts, along with PC Laurie Appleton from Leicestershire Police who delivered training so that the volunteers could take part.
“Road safety is a priority for both Rutland County Council and Leicestershire Police. We also know that it’s a matter of great concern for local residents. These Community Speed Watch schemes help us to target and prevent speeding and careless driving, making Rutland safer for all road users. We are very proud of our Parish volunteers and partners who’ve led this project. It shows that our communities can play a leading role in tackling serious issues and supporting local services to make Rutland a safer and better place to live.”Councillor Ian Razzell, Cabinet Member for Highways at Rutland County Council
“It has been great working with RCC and Community Speed Watch Volunteers across Rutland this year. The results the teams have achieved have been superb, resulting in over 500 drivers who drove above the legal speed limits receiving warning letters. Speeding effects everyone and is one of the leading causes of road deaths, many of which occur in the Rutland area. One death is too many. I am looking forward to working with Rutland CSW volunteers again so we can continue to spread the important message that speeding is not acceptable and costs lives.”Stuart Mottershaw, Casualty & Speed Reduction Coordinator for Leicestershire Police
Rutland’s Community Speed Watch Scheme is a joint initiative between local communities and the following partner organisations:
- Leicestershire Police – Traffic Management Department
- Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland Road Safety Partnership
- Rutland County Council - Road Safety Officer and Community Safety Manager