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Residents to catch speeding motorists as part of Crime Commissioner David Lloyd’s Community DriveSafe campaign
St Albans residents could be armed with speed guns and high visibility jackets to police their own roads.
In a scheme drawn up for the city, volunteers will be used to catch out speeding motorists and also report back to Hertfordshire Constabulary on drivers using their mobile phones and not wearing a seatbelt.
Last week, St Albans councillors met local police representatives to discuss Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd’s new Community DriveSafe campaign.
Sandridge Road, Marshalswick Lane, Folly Lane, Batchwood Drive, The Ridgeway, Holyrood Crescent, Maynards Drive, Cottonmill Lane, Hatfield Road, Sandridge Road, Green Lane and Francis Avenue were highlighted as hotspots for drivers exceeding the 30mph speed limit in residential areas.
DriveSafe asks volunteers to record the speed of cars and traffic on their roads and report them back to the police, who will send a warning letter to the car owner in the hope of discouraging speeding.
Batchwood councillor Roma Mills, who attended the meeting on Friday night, said: "The police have a responsibility to regulate speeding motorists because it is an offence.
"It is an increasing problem in particular residential roads, which children are using to go to school and drivers are constantly flouting the speed limit. "The police should be enforcing the limit and prosecuting offenders.
"It is a big issue for people and it is about residents feeling comfortable in the road they live in."
Residents have been asked to volunteer for six months and they will be trained by local police officers to use the monitoring equipment and given safety guidance.
They will also be equipped with high-visibility jackets and warning triangles. Speed monitoring devices will be used to indicate the speed of passing vehicles, showing a smiley face to those travelling within the speed limit and a sad face if they are over the limit.
Volunteers will also record the index numbers of vehicles travelling in excess of the speed limit for warning letters to be sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle.
Councillor Mills said she had her doubts. She added: "Many residents are in full time work and have family commitments.
"They do not have the time to volunteer as unpaid speed checkers. "If we funded the police properly, the well paid police commissioner would not have to dream up schemes that rely on volunteers."
Interested residents can sign up to a petition when they have at least ten names of people, including three volunteers, who live in separate households in the vicinity of the speeding issue by visiting the website www.hertscommissioner.org.
On Monday, police announced officers with speed guns will target various roads across the area as part of a Hertfordshire-wide drive over October and November. These are where there have been speeding-related crashes and will include London Road (A1081) .
Motorists caught speeding for the first time will be offered the chance to go on a speed awareness course.
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