campaign to target dangerous drivers is underway
week-long campaign to target irresponsible and dangerous drivers
on roads across Somerset, including in the Burnham-On-Sea area,
enforcement week is part of a European wide coordinated TISPOL speed
enforcement campaign and this month will be supported by local Community
began on Monday 6th August and runs until Sunday 12th August. The
campaign will see speed enforcement officers teaming up with local
Community SpeedWatch groups.
enforcement officers and Community SpeedWatch members will strategically
place themselves in known speeding areas across the force area.
the Police's own traffic officers focus on enforcement, the Community
SpeedWatch focusses on educating drivers about the importance of
keeping to speed limits.
scheme consists of local volunteers, who give up a small amount
of time each week to monitor vehicle speeds, using specialist speed
detection equipment to assist them.
observed speeding above a set threshold will be sent a warning letter,
along with advice to help change their driving behaviour. Further
action will be taken by the police against persistent and high end
speed offenders as well as targeting individual locations.
Andy Williams, Head of Road Safety at Avon and Somerset Constabulary
said: "Motorists who speed through residential neighbourhoods
are very often unaware of the impact on local residents, or the
danger they pose to other road users including pedestrians and this
is something we are working with communities to address.
has a significant factor in many road traffic collisions. Community
Speed Watch collates information about potential risk areas and
highlights possible offenders. This provides us with an opportunity
to offer education and warnings ahead of penalties. Were very
grateful to volunteers and members of the community for playing
a part in keeping the roads safe for everyone.
are just over 108 active Community Speed Watch groups in 343 sites
across the force area, which give local people the opportunity to
get actively involved in road safety, with support from the local
police Speed Enforcement Unit.
you feel that Community SpeedWatch could help to improve your neighbourhood,
contact the local Neighbourhood Policing Team.
group can be set up in any village, small town, or urban area, governed
by a 20, 30 or 40 miles per hour speed limit. Or you can join an