Volunteers from communities across Rutland are working with police to crackdown on speeding and raise awareness of its dangers.
Police Support Volunteers, with members of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership, are undertaking Community Speed Watch within villages and towns in the county to help manage the problem of speeding.
Members of the support team have been trained in how to use hand-held radar guns so they can record the speed of passing vehicles.
Mobile vehicle activated signs are being positioned at the side of the road to warn motorists if they are travelling at an excessive speed.
If caught speeding, drivers will not be prosecuted but will receive a warning letter from the police, informing them to drive responsibly and reduce their speed.
The project is a trial and will be reviewed at the end of next month.
Police Support Volunteer and Community Speed Watch team member, Peter Bryan said: “We are taking part in this to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, to educate drivers, and to make local communities safer for all road users.”
PC Laurie Appleton, who is a beacon officer for Rutland North Safer Neighbourhood Team, based at Oakham police station, said: “When we consult with local people, speeding is the problem that is raised more than any other, and I am aware that it is a concern in many rural communities.
“I am delighted that we have the support of local volunteers to help us tackle this issue and raise awareness.
“Speeding will continue to be a priority for us, and in addition to enforcement, speed watch is an important part of our plan to tackle the problem.”
The Community Speedwatch project will be in operation in the following places; Edith Weston; South Luffenham; Whitwell; Lyddington; Market Overton; Ketton; Tinwell; Greetham; Cottesmore; Braunston; Caldecott; Stretton; Thistleton; Oakham, near to Southfields School; Whissendine; and Uppingham.
For more information about the scheme, visit www.bealocalhero.com
For further details, call PC Appleton on 101, and follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 1741.