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Cutting down on speeding drivers
1:27pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of volunteers will be working side by side with police this week as part of a national speed awareness campaign.
Community Speed Watch (CSW) groups are holding a dedicated week of speed checks across the Avon and Somerset force area and traffic and neighbourhood officers will join them at the roadside.
The campaign is part of National Speed Enforcement Week and is the first time a co-ordinated force-wide operation has been run with CSW volunteers and roads policing officers during the week of action.
Volunteers will carry out hundreds of speed checks in towns and villages over the course of the week and police will issue anyone caught speeding with a warning letter.
Officers will also be stopping motorists caught speeding during the CSW sessions and remind them about the dangers of excessive speed in residential areas.
In addition, roads policing officers will carry out speed checks on some of the major roads through the force area.
Chief Insp Yan Georgiou said: “Speeding is one of the four main causes of serious injuries and deaths on the region's roads – along with drink/drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone.
“This is why we are running a number of activities during speed enforcement week to remind drivers to slow down and to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding.
“The week of action is also a great opportunity to highlight the work of the CSW volunteers and the hours of their time they give up helping to make their communities safer.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Police volunteers do a fantastic job in support of the work of the police and this operation helps to recognise their contribution.
“Residents have spoken to me about speeding as an issue they are concerned about. These weeks of action are one of the ways that police and volunteers are helping to tackle this issue.
“I would also encourage people to get involved in CSW schemes and to report any concerns they may have about speeding in their area to their local beat team.”
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