Speeding drivers in Killingworth targeted

09 Feb 2016 13:06 PM

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Speeding drivers in Killingworth are being targeted as part of Community Speedwatch.

Launched in 2011, Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a partnership initiative which enables local people to help reduce traffic speeds and involves volunteers monitoring traffic speeds in their community.

Community Volunteers have recorded the speed of over 3000 vehicles in Killingworth since November and 60 drivers have been caught driving over the speed limit and have received letters warning them about the dangers involved.

Killingworth Neighbourhood A/Sergeant, Jonny Palace, said: "Community Speedwatch volunteers give up their own time to provide a valuable contribution to the work of police and other agencies to tackle neighbourhood issues.

"All volunteers are provided with training, support and specialist equipment to record the speed of passing vehicles. The locations they are situated have been identified by members of the community as being areas where people speed, along with areas where there may have been a number of collisions.

"People driving above the speed limit should be aware we will continue to carry out initiatives such as this and take action against those who are persistently caught speeding.

"We have had great feedback from the community who have stopped to talk to Speedwatch volunteers to ask about the scheme and we encourage anyone with concerns about speeding in the community to speak to an officer face-to-face or by calling 101."

The Community Speedwatch programme is being rolled out across other areas of North Tyneside throughout the year. For more information contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.