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Rutland community speed watch campaign in Barleythorpe, Stretton, Ryhall and Essendine results in 558 letters sent to speeding motorists by Leicestershire Police

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A community speed watch scheme that has allowed residents to report speeding in villages has resulted in police sending more than 500 letters of caution.

Community Speed Watch, which is co-ordinated by Rutland County Council and delivered in partnership with police, provides volunteers with the equipment and training they need to monitor traffic and record details of vehicles that are speeding. 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.

Speed limit sign 30mph
Speed limit sign 30mph

The latest round of Rutland community speed watch Schemes began in Barleythorpe in June and has since involved Stretton, Ryhall and Essendine, before concluding.

Over the six months since it started, 558 letters of caution have been sent by police.

The hope is that drivers will recognise the importance of driving within the speed limit and take more care when driving through the county.

Speeding has been such a problem in Essendine that a scarecrow depicting an officer with a speed gun was put up during a festival to deter motorists
Speeding has been such a problem in Essendine that a scarecrow depicting an officer with a speed gun was put up during a festival to deter motorists

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 who delivered training so the volunteers could take part.

Cabinet member for highways at Rutland County Council Ian Razzell (Con) said: “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.”

Stuart Mottershaw, casualty and speed reduction coordinator for Leicestershire Police, said: “It has been great working with Rutland County Council 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 the volunteers again so we can continue to spread the important message that speeding is not acceptable and costs lives.”

Other Rutland communities which would like to know more about future schemes can contact the council’s road safety team by emailing: tstrategy@rutland.gov.uk.

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