Police in Northamptonshire have paid tribute to the county’s ‘passionate’ Community Speed Watch volunteers, with nearly 5,000 warning letters sent to offenders between April and November.
Community Speed Watch sees residents, who receive full training from Northamptonshire Police, use speed detection devices to monitor vehicles travelling through their towns and villages.
Warning letters are sent to the registered keeper of any vehicles caught exceeding the speed limit, to increase awareness of the dangers of speeding and encourage drivers to reduce their speed.
The drivers’ details are also held on record to identify any repeat offenders and anyone caught exceeding the speed limits more than twice can expect a visit from the police as well as targeted enforcement.
Between April and November, a total of 686 Community Speed Watch sessions were carried out in Northamptonshire, which resulted in 4,875 warning letters being sent to drivers.
Northamptonshire Police has praised the volunteers for giving up their spare time to help reduce speeding across the county.
Matthew O’Connell, safer roads operations manager at Northamptonshire Police, said: “Our volunteers are passionate about improving road safety within their local communities, and their dedication and commitment makes a real difference.
“Wind, rain or shine, they do a fantastic job not only providing invaluable data but also helping to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and educating drivers on the importance of sticking to the speed limit.
“We are very grateful for all their efforts throughout this year, and we would like to thank them for the significant level of commitment they have made to the Force through their volunteering.”