A new Community Speed Watch team has been trained up near Norwich.

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Ten people from Horsford were trained to use a speed gun in an attempt to increase the number of roadside checks and raise the awareness of speeding issues. They join nearby St Faith’s and Hellesdon, who already have Speed Watch schemes up and running.

PC Andy Dye, beat manager, said: “One of the Hellesdon and Horsford Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) priorities is currently to support Community Speed Watch and tackle speeding across our parishes, so we are pleased that all three areas now have a scheme in place. Motorists who are caught speeding by the volunteers are sent warning letters from the police, advising them that they have been caught speeding and of the consequences. If significant numbers of drivers are caught speeding we will carry out checks ourselves where drivers can be issued with a fixed penalty notice or face a court appearance.

“Whilst the teams are now in place, we continue to appeal for more volunteers to make them sustainable and to reinforce the message that speeding is not acceptable in Hellesdon and Horsford.”

The SNT, along with colleagues from roads policing and the special constabulary, also carried out vehicle checks on the A140 Holt Road/Cromer Road on March 24 to tackle other road-related issues. Thirty vehicles were stopped – four drivers received fixed penalty notices, one vehicle was seized for having no insurance, and five drivers of foreign vehicles received words of advice around tax.

8 comments

  • Are we to assume that this team consists of drivers who have at no time exceeded any speed limit themselves and all have clean driving records? Such hypocrites . Just think of their obvious excitement as they don their hi viz jackets and set forth to save their parish from speeding motorists! Don't expect to see them if it is raining, foggy or during the hours of darkness and what a wonderful conversational subject when in the local pub. Just who are these faceless individuals, the public should be given their full identities. Do not expect they would be so keen to have the publicity. Soon proper plod will have no need to get out of bed , who pays for these schemes the training the equipment are they insured, have they good eyesight, the excitement especially if a speeder is a relative or neighbour WHAT FUN

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    Claire Voyant

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • When I see the community speed watch in their high viz jackets I slow down and sort of crawl past at about 15 mph just to show them that I recognise how important they are and the dangers of high speeds over 30 mph. What do you think their reactions are?...a thumbs up and a smile just to thank you for slowing down?.....not a bit of it....it is always a scowl. Try it yourself and see if you can get a smile out of them.

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    Rhombus

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Says the man who loiters on here all day posting negative tripe on all subjects.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Should get Road Calming through village, not get "Local Gestapo" to do deed, problem is if they had speed humps all the local people would complain

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Ten sad people with nothing better to do with their lives!

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Congratulations to the people of Horsford who have volunteered to run this. It shows you really care about your community despite what others think.

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    HappisburghHarry

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Boom, butt hurt there for John. Although I was going to say something similar. Theres a driving instructed round the corner who has caused two accidents by waving people to slow down and distracting them. One crashed into a neighbours wall. Leave things like this to the proper authorities.

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    Piranha24

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • A great idea,but why stop there? Get members of the public to solve crimes,pursue drunken drivers and clear up after road accidents! perhaps then we can get a reduction in the police part of the council tax! The moment you step in a car there are an army of people waiting to fine you for traffic infringements,even if they make a mistake,they know that most people will pay up because it is difficult to prove,especially with unreliable devices like radar guns! I hope all the people recruited for speedwatch have clean licences,because we wouldn't want hypocrites to be involved in this would we?

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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