Staffordshire Police’s Community Speed Watch initiative has some new recruits in it’s bid to crack down on speeding motorists in Barlaston.
Severn Trent employees working at the company’s Strongford Waste Treatment Works are now monitoring vehicles driving along Old Barlaston Road until Summer 2019. Following a recent training session at Staffordshire Police HQ,
Volunteers record details such as vehicle registration, make, colour and speed, armed with a radar device and log sheet which are then logged with the police and added to a central database. On the first and second instance of speeding the driver will be issued a warning letter, and if there’s a third time an officer will arrange a home visit.
Rob Bainbridge, member of the Strongford THP project management team, said: “We know that some of our larger projects, like making Strongford Waste Treatment Works more energy efficient can have an impact on the local community, and also recognise that traffic can become a concern.
“When we were given the opportunity to have Speed Watch training by Staffordshire Police, we were more than happy to get involved. The training was hugely beneficial and I’m really confident that now we’re members of the Community Speed Watch, we can really make the Old Barlaston Road a much safer place for us, the local community and all road users.”
The Severn Trent Speed Watchers are also issued with roadside letters explaining they are representatives of the police and monitoring the roads on our behalf, so if there are any problems then drivers can call us directly.
Michelle Shaker, Community Speed Watch Co-ordinator for Staffordshire Police, said: “Our Community Speed Watch initiative continues to flourish and we’re delighted that Severn Trent have joined the fight in keeping our roads safer.
“Our Speed Watch volunteers are effectively our eyes and ears which help us to identify issues that we can then enforce; unless we know about them we’re unable to take action.
“Information gathered during Speed Watch sessions can be used as intelligence to help identify drivers who demonstrate a complete disregard for the law.”
Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership was established in 2001 and took on the role of centralising Police Community Speed Watch. There are currently 56 active Community Speed Watch groups in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.