WATCH your speed to keep our community safe - that was the message in Barnwood and Abbeydale today as the community speedwatch programme was on the lookout for dangerous drivers today. (Saturday)
Six volunteers from the road safe team have been trained up to use a
speedgun to learn more about which roads are hotspots for speeding
Barnwood councillor, Lise Noakes was one of the six community speedwatch
campaigners to get trained up and was joined on the street by Police
Community Support Officers from Abbeydale and Elmbridge.
"It is about being a deterrant, but if we see repeat offenders they will be reported to police," she said.
"We are allowed to go out on our own but it is good for the community to
see us out and about to see we are trying to make the roads safer.
"The message is speed kills, hopefully this will help motorists think twice before putting their foot down.
"Our next campaign is Twenty is Plenty. It is not a speed limit as such, but a campaign to slow down drivers.
"We have looked at an accident map of all the injuries sustained in road
collisions in this area and thankfully, it is not too bad.
"But we want to be prevent accidents before they happen. Hopefully this campaign will help."
The community group were out in high visibility jackets on the lookout
for speeding drivers in Painswick Road, Birch Avenue, Zoons Road and
Chris Etheridge is another to be trained up to use the police owned speed guns.
"We have looked at a possible 20mph limit in some areas of Barnwood, but
it is very difficult to enforce and we have seen a few drivers who are
happy to drive above the 30mph limit. The message needs to get across
they must slow down."
City councillor for Barnwood, Tarren Randle, says long straight roads like Abbeymead Avenue are particular trouble areas.
"We campaigned to have chevrons put on the road along here around a
year ago and it seems to have worked, but it is more about awareness
now. "Drivers need to take responsibility for their own actions.
"There are a lot of schools around here and there can be a lot of children and cars out at the same time."
PCSO Kim Mortimer said some drivers only slow down when they see police or high visibility jackets.
"We are here to assist and support, the speedwatch team have had all the training they need," she said.
"We get a lot of reports from the community about speeding in this area.
The Wheatway and Abbeymead Avenue are particularly fast roads.
"An ideal time for speed checks is when schools are kicking out, when people see us out, they do slow down."