Thousand vehicles pass speed watch check

Old Whittington speed watch
Old Whittington speed watch

More than 1,000 vehicles were checked during a Community Speed Watch taster session in Old Whittington.

The check took place on High Street between 10am and 12pm on Friday, August 10. All traffic was travelling within the 30mph speed limit.

It was set up to give local residents the chance to see how the Whittington and Barrow Hill Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team target local concerns about speeding.

A number of people took turns to use the speed radar gun and a group of youngsters from The Meadows Community School observed the checks and kept a tally of the number of vehicles passing through.

Community Speed Watch involves volunteers who give up their time to patrol alongside police and check traffic speeds.

The details of any vehicle found travelling above the limit is recorded and a warning letter is then sent to the driver to advise them of the speed limit.

PC Ian Biggin of the Whittington and Barrow Hill Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “It was good to see that all motorists were driving within the speed limit, as the main aim is to raise awareness of speed limits and to encourage motorists to slow down, with respect for the safety of the local community.

“On this occasion we wanted to give local residents the chance to find out more about the initiative. I would like to thank all those who are attended and if anyone concerned about the issue or would be interested in helping out with Community Speed Watch to contact us and find out more.”

For more information about Community Speed Watch contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by calling 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police, or email your local officers from the website: www.derbyshire.police.uk.