Volunteers to target speeding drivers in Wellingborough

The volunteers will be out in Wellingborough from next week
The volunteers will be out in Wellingborough from next week

Volunteers will be out and about from next week in a bid to tackle the problem of speeding drivers in Wellingborough.

Liz Coombe made an appeal for volunteers to take part in a speedwatch scheme for the Brickhill and Queensway areas of Wellingborough earlier this year.

A number of people came forward and after completing their training in Northampton, they will be targeting people who get behind the wheel and break the speed limit from next week.

Liz, who is coordinator for the scheme and set the wheels in motion for it while she was county councillor for Brickhill and Queensway, said: “We start next week and will be doing this over a six-week period and then again twice later in the year.

“This is the first speedwatch group within Wellingborough town.”

They will be targeting areas where residents have consistently complained about speeding motorists, including where a child was knocked over recently.

Liz said: “We want children to be safe, as they will be out more as the weather warms up.

“The aim is to get people to slow down and if they are speeding the police will send them a warning letter.

“The aim is to reduce speed, not to prosecute people for going too fast.

“We have about seven volunteers, including Cllr Andrew Scarborough and a representative from Wellingborough Homes and Glamis Hall, who will be out nearly every day during the designated weeks, in different locations and at different times of day.

“It would be good if more people would volunteer and do the training, the more people we have the more we can go out.”

Community speedwatch is a volunteer programme run between the police and Northamptonshire County Council.

It aims to increase the awareness of the dangers of speeding through education.

Drivers detected for speeding receive a police warning letter and their records are held to identify any repeat offenders.

Repeat offenders (two or more) can also expect a visit from the police.

Volunteers are trained and operate roadside for a six-week period with a speed gun device.

Before and after this period there is a week of speed data collection and then a planned programme of interactive signage, visits from the speed indicator team (SID), speed awareness signs and police support with enforcement.