Columnist: Parishes take on speeders
One of the most common requests I receive in my role as executive councillor for highways is for action to be taken to combat speeding in our communities.
Although it is sometimes possible to tackle speeding by making changes to the road itself, often what is needed is greater enforcement of the limits. This falls under Lincolnshire Police, but unfortunately their officers can’t be everywhere at the same time.
In recognition of this, in 2014, the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) launched the community speed watch scheme, giving residents the ability to tackle speeding in their area themselves. It provided volunteers with the opportunity to purchase signage and electronic speed indicators that can be attached to lamp posts to warn motorists when they break the speed limit. Communities are encouraged to move the equipment periodically to fresh locations within the area to ensure they have a continued impact.
Recently, the groups were also given the power to carry out speed checks. This involves volunteers being trained in using a speed gun to identify vehicles breaking the limit and recording their licence plate. This information is then fed back to the LRSP, who will send a letter reminding the driver to stick to the limit. Repeat offenders may also be contacted by the police.
This is something many groups have been asking for, helping them play a more active role in keeping their community safe. There are currently more than 200 parishes and town councils taking part, including Allington and Barrowby.
Here in Grantham I am keen to get a scheme up and running to cover the town’s speeding hotspots. If anyone wants to get involved please email me at email@example.com or telephone 07776 253 374.
Despite the increasing role local communities are playing in the fight against speeding, please rest assured that speed enforcement remains the
responsibility of the police. And they continue to tackle the issue using their trained
officers and staff in the roads policing, neighbourhood
policing and safety camera teams.
In addition, Lincolnshire Police have introduced a specialist enforcement team to tackle the ‘fatal four’ - drink/drug driving, mobile phone use, excess speed, and not wearing a seatbelt. I’m sure that by working together we can keep our communities safe.
By Richard Davies, executive councillor for highways at Lincolnshire County Council