Excessive speed through our villages is one of the most common issues raised with Councillors and has an impact not only on road safety but on the quality of life for those residents that endure it.
The Speed Watch scheme enables volunteers to work within their community to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the problem locally.
Community Speed Watch seeks to promote safer driving in our local communities by educating rather than prosecuting individuals. Data collected by Community Speed Watch groups will be passed to Durham Police who may undertake speed checks and result in drivers being prosecuted.
Community Speed Watch requires a group of at least two trained volunteers to operate and all necessary training will be provided.
The volunteers will then run the session noting the date, time, colour, make, model and registration number of any vehicles exceeding the speed limit. The results will then be forwarded to the Police who will then arrange for the registered keeper of the vehicle to be written to, informing them that the vehicle was detected exceeding the speed limit, giving the location, date and time. Persistent speeders will receive a second letter but on the third occasion they can expect further action to be taken by the police.
If you would like to express an interest in becoming a volunteer please email the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.