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Army of volunteers to target speeding drivers across Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 09:24 05 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:57 05 May 2018

Around 40 community speed watch (CSW) teams took to the countys roads earlier this month to highlight how the public can help tackle speeding problems. Picture: Ian Burt

Around 40 community speed watch (CSW) teams took to the countys roads earlier this month to highlight how the public can help tackle speeding problems. Picture: Ian Burt

More than 40 teams from across the county will be taking to the roads today to highlight the ways the public can come together to tackle speeding.

A large number of speed watch groups, as well as road safety teams, roads policing, the Special Constabulary and Norfolk Police cadets will be taking part, with the intention that a driver making a journey around Norfolk on the day will see at least one, if not several, visible speed watch activities.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green has funded a number of Community Speedwatch schemes in the county in areas including Great Yarmouth, South Norfolk and North Norfolk with around £12,000.

Improving road safety is one of the core priorities in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan, with reducing speeding in rural villages and communities being one of his key strategic objectives.

Mr Green said: “The purpose of CSW schemes is not to spoil our pleasure in responsible driving, but to protect us from unsafe driving.

“We want all road users in Norfolk to have a safe and enjoyable bank holiday weekend.

“This is community spirit at its best – cooperation between CSW volunteers and our police to keep our roads safe and I am delighted to have been able to support several schemes across Norfolk.

“Respect and honour our CSW volunteers. The life they save may be your own.”

Inspector Vicky Hebborn, of Community Safety and Citizens in Policing, said: “The day will operate in the same way as any other speed watch session, other than the fact that there will be a number of people out at the same time.

“Road traffic units where available will also be on mobile patrol and attempt to link in with as many groups as possible.”

Each of the seven districts across Norfolk has a designated police officer called an engagement officer who is a point of contact for the CSW schemes who will provide support and assistance to members.

If you would like to set up a CSW scheme in your village or town, contact the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership on 01603 276433 or the local district engagement Officer by dialling 101.

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