Community volunteers help speed clampdown

Watching you: PCSO Natalie Johnstone, PC Simon Jones and volunteer Dave Irving
Watching you: PCSO Natalie Johnstone, PC Simon Jones and volunteer Dave Irving

SPEEDING drivers are being given the slow down message as community volunteers join with police to train radar cameras on culprits.

A Roadwatch session on Croston Road, Garstang, saw community volunteer Dave Irving operating the camera, watched by PCSO Natalie Johnstone and PC Simon Jones.

PC Jones said: “We are targeting 20mph and 30mph zones in our Community Roadwatch and Schools Roadwatch schemes.

“Drivers are either stopped and advised about their behaviour or sent letters advising them on road safety.

“Both schemes are being run in the Garstang and the rest of the Wyre area, and we aim to be out and about several times a month, with volunteers manning the cameras.”

The scheme attracted attention from drivers who stopped and asked whether they had been found to be speeding.

And there were also a few squeals of brakes as motorists realised they were being targeted.

“It’s more of an educational exercise. The aim is to make people more aware of speed limits,” said PC Jones.

“We have had particular success with the School Roadwatch outside schools, in which children have been able to talk to speeding drivers and ask them questions such as ‘How would you feel if you had killed me?’

“We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help out. Anyone interested should contact us on 01995 607864.”