Crackdown on school speeding

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Chesterfield’s MP has joined police to clampdown on speeding motorists near a school.

Officers have set up a Community Speed Watch as part of their efforts to target residents’ concerns about speeding and road safety near Whitecotes Primary School on Whitecotes Lane in Walton.

Community Speed Watch involves trained local residents and volunteers carrying out checks alongside police.

During the checks, the details of any vehicles found to be breaking the speed limit are noted and the owners sent a letter, requesting that they respect local restrictions.

PC Dave Randell, of Derbyshire police, said: “Community Speed Watch aims to encourage motorists to have respect for the legal limits and consideration of the safety of local residents.

“The scheme does not replace enforcement – and spot checks continue to take place – but it gives people the chance to help raise awareness of the issue and to help police take positive steps to address a community concern.”

The first checks were carried out on Friday and officers were joined by the town’s Labour MP Toby Perkins and county Cllr Ron Mihaly.

Mr Perkins said: “I’m glad to see that the concerns of residents about the speed of traffic on Whitecotes Lane, particularly around Whitecotes Primary School, have been taken up.

“It’s important that drivers know that the police are going to be ensuring that those who drive at an inappropriate speed will be brought to book.”

Cllr Mihaly added: “Derbyshire County Council takes these concerns very seriously, particularly near schools as the safety of children is of paramount importance. The police will always work with interested parties to help address these issues.”