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Volunteers wanted to set up Community Speed Watch group in Driffield

After the issue of speeding was raised at the last meeting of Driffield Town Council, a renewed appeal has been made for volunteers to join a Community Speed Watch group in Driffield with the aim of slowing down speeding motorists in the town.

The idea for the scheme, which is supported by Humberside Police, was first raised by councillors last year following concerns about the speed of some motorists when travelling along Driffield streets.

Community Speed Watch is an educational scheme to help people reduce speeding traffic through their community.

The scheme enables volunteers to work within their community to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the problem locally.

A group must have a minimum of six volunteers who monitor the speed of motorists using radar devices at the roadside.

The team records the details of speeding vehicles and this information is passed to the police, who check the details against the Police National Computer and if found to be correct, a letter is sent to the registered keeper.

Councillor Gillian Helliwell, who will be part of the group, said she hopes it will help to slow drivers down.

She said: “We often have residents of the town complain to us about the speed of some motorists and at last week’s meeting we had a member of the public who had just moved to York Road who was concerned about the speed of motorists as they come off the roundabout and into town.

“We first discussed Community Speed Watch last year and we hope we can get a number of volunteers who will help us get the scheme off the ground and help address the problem of speeding motorists.

“We know there are near misses because of speed and I hope this scheme will help to slow drivers down and make people think a bit more about the speed they are travelling.”

A Community Speed Watch group must have a minimum of six volunteers and each group will have a designated team co-ordinator. Volunteers must be aged over 18.

Each member can complete a monitoring session for as long as they want and as often as they wish, but each member must give two hours a month as a minimum.

Monitoring can only be carried out on single carriageways in 30mph and 40mph areas.

Training is provided to the volunteers and the equipment is provided on a loan basis or councils can purchase their own equipment.

Driffield town clerk Claire Binnington said: “Driffield Town Council would very much like to co-ordinate a Community Speed Watch group, however, we do need a number of volunteers and appeal again to residents who are concerned about speeding to come forward to assist.

“Many villages in our vicinity have very effective Community Speed Watch groups and we would love to be able to establish one in the town.

“We receive many complaints and concerns about speeding in residential areas, from The Mount, Scarborough Road, Manorfield Road and Avenue and now York Road, and such a group could really help us fight the issue.”

Information from the Community Speed Watch scheme states: “Community Speed Watch is an educational tool, as such is aimed at altering driver behaviour rather than issuing fines and points.

“For that reason, sites are selected that offer the greatest amount of visibility of the team to vehicles.

“Once the vehicle driver sees the team, 99 per cent of the time they instinctively slow down.”

If you are interested in becoming a Community Speed Watch volunteer, please contact Driffield town clerk Claire Binnington at townclerk@driffieldtowncouncil.gov.uk

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