Villagers could soon be armed with speed guns

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A proposal for villagers and community groups in the district to be given speed guns in a bid to make rural roads safer has received the backing of Chief Inspector Mark Housley.

Ch Insp Housley spoke at a public meeting in Grantham last night (March 5) which was also attended by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Alan Hardwick.

Responding to a call for “community groups to man speed guns”, Ch Insp Housley said: “The initiative does exist, it is called the Community Speed Watch and I’m quite happy to see it relaunched and brought into communities.

“The big issue I always hear from rural communities is ‘speeding, speeding, speeding’.

“We have not got the resources to be outside every village and school but we have got members of the local community.

“We can find some funding for cameras and a bit of training then absolutely we can do that.”

Mr Hardwick spoke in favour of Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) which tell you what speed you are travelling at, often accompanied by a happy or unhappy face.

Mr Hardwick said: “I think they are very valuable tools in reducing speed.”