Bournemouth EchoResidents to clock speeding drivers and tell police (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Community speedwatch schemes set up with residents and police in Poole

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A SCHEME whereby ordinary residents clock speeding motorists then pass the details to the police has been established in Lytchett and Upton.

Volunteers are needed for the Community Speed Watch (CSW) programme, which could see neighbours reporting neighbours for speeding, not wearing seatbelts and using mobile phones at the wheel.

Group members, trained to use handheld devices, will be able to report drivers – who could then receive police warning letters in the post.

Lytchett and Upton CSW membership manager Mike Blaxwell explained the scheme, an extension of the neighbourhood watch programme, had been established after data collected showed hundreds of drivers exceeding speed limits in Lytchett and Upton on a weekly basis.

“The thinking was that something was needed to be done about this before an accident happened,” said Mr Blaxwell.

“Just ask yourself how you would feel if a member of your family was knocked down and injured, or even worse, by a speeding motorist.

“In Lytchett and Upton there are a lot of elderly who are not as fast now on their feet and also many school children, who all need to be protected.

“When you see us about, please act responsibly by not warning oncoming motorists, as this will defeat the whole object of the exercise.”

Mr Blaxwell told the Daily Echo the CSW is ‘not about just booking people’ but had been launched to make the local community a better place.

Motorists caught speeding by the CSW will not be liable for fines and penalty points.

When the CSW schemes were launched across the county last summer, Dorset Police Acting Chief Constable Martin Hiles said: “As well as drivers receiving a warning letter about their driving behaviour, the information provided to us by groups enables our traffic officers, safer neighbourhood teams and Dorset Road Safe to identify problem areas and repeat speeders against whom we will take further action if necessary.”

To volunteer for the Lytchett and Upton CSW scheme contact Mike Blaxell on 01202 624318.

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4:21pm Fri 28 Mar 14

ShuttleX says...

Motorists caught speeding by the CSW will not be liable for fines and penalty points.

That just about says it all. I suppose some of these people in this scheme have to do something to fill their day. It's a waste of time. They have no powers, and the warning letters are not worth the postage. As I have said before. If there is a problem with speeders, then get the real Police down there who CAN nick people. These toy town clowns in hi-vis's might as well stay at home.
Motorists caught speeding by the CSW will not be liable for fines and penalty points. That just about says it all. I suppose some of these people in this scheme have to do something to fill their day. It's a waste of time. They have no powers, and the warning letters are not worth the postage. As I have said before. If there is a problem with speeders, then get the real Police down there who CAN nick people. These toy town clowns in hi-vis's might as well stay at home. ShuttleX
  • Score: 27

4:39pm Fri 28 Mar 14

suzigirl says...

ShuttleX wrote:
Motorists caught speeding by the CSW will not be liable for fines and penalty points. That just about says it all. I suppose some of these people in this scheme have to do something to fill their day. It's a waste of time. They have no powers, and the warning letters are not worth the postage. As I have said before. If there is a problem with speeders, then get the real Police down there who CAN nick people. These toy town clowns in hi-vis's might as well stay at home.
I suppose it beats watching Countdown on the telly! Maybe it could be a dual mission if they walked up and down the Upton Bypass collecting rubbish on their way as well............
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: Motorists caught speeding by the CSW will not be liable for fines and penalty points. That just about says it all. I suppose some of these people in this scheme have to do something to fill their day. It's a waste of time. They have no powers, and the warning letters are not worth the postage. As I have said before. If there is a problem with speeders, then get the real Police down there who CAN nick people. These toy town clowns in hi-vis's might as well stay at home.[/p][/quote]I suppose it beats watching Countdown on the telly! Maybe it could be a dual mission if they walked up and down the Upton Bypass collecting rubbish on their way as well............ suzigirl
  • Score: 14

5:33pm Fri 28 Mar 14

JackJohnson says...

A Copper's Nark has no powers - but he points plod in the right direction.

What's the betting that registration numbers getting passed to plod by these people will start getting flagged by ANPR cameras. Plod will be taking a special interest in them.
A Copper's Nark has no powers - but he points plod in the right direction. What's the betting that registration numbers getting passed to plod by these people will start getting flagged by ANPR cameras. Plod will be taking a special interest in them. JackJohnson
  • Score: 4

8:34pm Fri 28 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Let them get on with it .the swimming Pool water will taste better.Asda checkouts will flow .the toilets in Weatherspoons will smell nicer. And you can stick your fingers up to them as you drive passed in your mobility scooter at15mph on your way to bingo In the warm ,Result
Let them get on with it .the swimming Pool water will taste better.Asda checkouts will flow .the toilets in Weatherspoons will smell nicer. And you can stick your fingers up to them as you drive passed in your mobility scooter at15mph on your way to bingo In the warm ,Result kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 4

10:03pm Fri 28 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

“When you see us about, please act responsibly by not warning oncoming motorists, as this will defeat the whole object of the exercise.”

All understood!
“When you see us about, please act responsibly by not warning oncoming motorists, as this will defeat the whole object of the exercise.” All understood! hooplaa
  • Score: 3

10:22pm Fri 28 Mar 14

AD2007 says...

I've driven past on 2 different occasion both on the afternoon school run, if you want to make a difference you would be better stood there between 8-9am during rush hour and the road being used as a rat run instead of the school run cars.
I've driven past on 2 different occasion both on the afternoon school run, if you want to make a difference you would be better stood there between 8-9am during rush hour and the road being used as a rat run instead of the school run cars. AD2007
  • Score: 0

11:26pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Tictock says...

What, no folded arms, they look happy in their play.
What, no folded arms, they look happy in their play. Tictock
  • Score: 3

8:47am Sat 29 Mar 14

isthereanechoinhere says...

Oh dear............loca
l, Hi-Vis wearing vigilantes with nothing better to do seem to miss the point entirely.

Waving a handheld device at the Mondeo driving 'lunatic' at number 53 then grassing him up to Plod will not prevent an accident from happening It's much more likely it will leave you bitter, twisted and with no friends, much like traffic wardens and big issue sellers.
Oh dear............loca l, Hi-Vis wearing vigilantes with nothing better to do seem to miss the point entirely. Waving a handheld device at the Mondeo driving 'lunatic' at number 53 then grassing him up to Plod will not prevent an accident from happening It's much more likely it will leave you bitter, twisted and with no friends, much like traffic wardens and big issue sellers. isthereanechoinhere
  • Score: 4

2:58pm Sat 29 Mar 14

billy bumble says...

One thing for sure - they will land up with a pretty carp social life
One thing for sure - they will land up with a pretty carp social life billy bumble
  • Score: 2

5:13pm Sat 29 Mar 14

dorsetspeed says...

Ridiculous. Not even Dorset Road Unsafe seem capable of carrying out enforcement activities without causing danger to themselves and others. What chance do these busy-bodies have? Do they have any understanding of road safety? Do they really think they are helping?
Ridiculous. Not even Dorset Road Unsafe seem capable of carrying out enforcement activities without causing danger to themselves and others. What chance do these busy-bodies have? Do they have any understanding of road safety? Do they really think they are helping? dorsetspeed
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Mon 31 Mar 14

caz maz says...

How many of these people have had there own driving assessed before been given this roll, are they advanced motorists (and I'm meaning there driving skills not advanced in age!) are they going to hand out tickets to cars parked in dangerous places............NO
!, are they going to hand out tickets to people who stop on the zig zags.............NO!
, are they going to don a hat with the high vis jacket and carry a big stop sign to help people cross the road..........NO! so they are not going to have any impact on road safety at all, if anything they are going to put there own lives in more danger.
Another waist of money and time from the crime commissioner no doubt! Why not go and volunteer your services to the council and become traffic wardens and make a real difference to road safety!
How many of these people have had there own driving assessed before been given this roll, are they advanced motorists (and I'm meaning there driving skills not advanced in age!) are they going to hand out tickets to cars parked in dangerous places............NO !, are they going to hand out tickets to people who stop on the zig zags.............NO! , are they going to don a hat with the high vis jacket and carry a big stop sign to help people cross the road..........NO! so they are not going to have any impact on road safety at all, if anything they are going to put there own lives in more danger. Another waist of money and time from the crime commissioner no doubt! Why not go and volunteer your services to the council and become traffic wardens and make a real difference to road safety! caz maz
  • Score: 0

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