COMMUNITY Speed Watch in Warwickshire have received a boost thanks to the purchase of six additional LTI 100 20-20 Ultralite laser speed devices from £10,000 of funding from Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe’s Road Safety Fund.
“This year we have welcomed over 100 new Community Speed Watch volunteers, trained 93 and formed ten new community speed watch groups at locations including Wootton Wawen, Baginton, Henley-in-Arden, Tanworth-in-Arden and Earlswood, bringing the total to 56,” said Chief Inspector Faz Chishty said.
“This is great news and the purchase of the six new laser speed devices means they can be loaned to our new CSW groups to enable them to get up and running straight away. “
Henley-in-Arden CSW volunteer John Clarke said: “The speed of traffic through our market town is a real concern.
“We are delighted to be working with our local police and have recently taken loan of a laser speed device.
“This will enable us to monitor vehicle speed and encourage drivers to slow down to protect the safety of residents.
“We have also been working with the Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership and our neighbouring community of Wootton Wawen, to distribute material including slow down bin stickers and posters to enforce this very important message.
“There are many other initiatives we are working on and we are making considerable progress to ensure Henley-in-Arden and Wootton Wawen are safer places to live and visit.”
PCC Seccombe, who also chairs the Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership said: “Reducing speeding is a key priority and we are very grateful to all our community speed watch volunteers who have stepped forward.
“These volunteers use their own time and as well as helping Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership to raise awareness of speeding, their visible presence reduces the speed of vehicles to the speed limit, improving the quality of life for local communities and most importantly helping to reduce death and injury on our roads.”