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Your Turn To Catch Speeding Drivers


7:35am 6th August 2013

Neighbourhood Speedwatch is growing across Dorset.

There are currently 12 groups operating in towns and villages across the county.

The community scheme sees local volunteers taking to the streets every week with equipment to record dangerous motorists. They use a type of recorder that looks like a mobile phone to record data.

Information is then handed to Dorset Police who send warning letters to the offending motorists.

Speedwatch volunteers have no powers of arrest but the Police say their work is vital in helping them locate hotspots and provide a presence.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Martin Hiles said: "Through our neighbourhood Partners and Communities Together panels we have seen a real appetite from communities to get involved in road safety in their areas. Community Speed Watch is a great opportunity to harness this support and turn it into positive action."

Chairman of the Association of Dorset Watches, John Shave MBE, said: "Community Speed Watch is great news for towns and villages across Dorset where speeding is an issue. It gives affected communities the ability to influence driver behaviour in their areas and support the police

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