Police thank speedwatch volunteers

POLICE in Hathersage are thanking volunteers for helping to spread the word on road safety.

It is after more than 200 letters have been sent out to motorists found speeding through the area during 2011.

They were found during Community Speed Watch checks carried out by the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team and a team of 27 volunteers from throughout the area.

Between January and September this year a total of 36 checks have taken place as part of the scheme in many different villages including Stoney Middleton, Calver, Grindleford, Bradwell, Foolow, Eyam, Froggat, Curbar and Hathersage.

Community Speed Watch was set up in the Hathersage area in November 2010 to target residents concerns about issues with speeding and to give people a chance to work alongside officers on road safety issues.

Team Sgt. Andy Wordsworth said: “With the help of volunteers, we have been able to get the message across to hundreds of motorists about driving responsibly and with respect for the legal speed limits.

“The initiative has been popular with many local residents who have expressed concerns about road safety and we hope to continue the scheme over the coming months.”

Signs, paid for by the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, are put up to advise drivers about the checks and anyone caught speeding is sent a letter which advises them about their speed and reminds them about the limit.

Data recorded through the scheme may also help officers to identify locations for future speed enforcement checks.

Sgt. Wordsworth added: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our Speed Watch volunteers for giving up their time and making a positive contribution to the safety and quality of life of the local community.”

If you would like to find out more about the initiative please contact the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0345 123 33 33 or email bakewell.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.