Breaking the speed limit is about to get harder – thanks to a new scheme operating in the city.
Ten hotspots throughout Ely will initially be targeted under the Speedwatch scheme, following a pilot in Cam Drive, police announced today.
Under the scheme, members of the public can get involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods.
It is used in areas where residents have identified speeding as a concern and aims to educate motorists about the dangers of speeding rather than enforcing as a first option.
The initial team of nine volunteers have received training from the constabulary and completed their first session in Cam Drive.
Mike Brooks, forcewide watch coordination officer, said: “During the first session local residents stopped and commented that traffic was noticeably slower than usual and congratulated the volunteers on their efforts.”
Inspector Jon Hiron said: “Speeding in Ely continues to be a community concern and local officers will still focus on identified hotspot areas. However, at this time of increased demand on policing, Speedwatch support is greatly appreciated.
“For some time now we have been asking the local community to support the police in targeting speeding motorists and I am pleased that local residents have come together to support one another.
“The focus of the scheme is to educate speeding drivers and in turn make our roads a safer place. It will be supported by local officers who will continue to carry out enforcement on those who break the law.”
Police are hoping more volunteers will become involved. Typically they will give up two hours of their time a month and run sessions in groups. Training is provided, and volunteers are fully supported, equipped and insured by the constabulary.
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