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Published at 12:12pm 11th July 2018.

There's real hope motorists across Dorset are slowing down.

Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) are being rolled out across the county, telling drivers when they are going too fast into town's and villages.

Dorset County Council officers are working with local councils to ensure that the criteria for installing the equipment is met. There are currently 22 schemes operating across Dorset, with eight more planned this year.

The latest village to join the programme is Martinstown, situated just outside Dorchester.

Debbie Wiltshire, Martinstown Community SID coordinator, said:

"We started to deploy our SID in February this year and it has provided a very effective visual reminder to drivers who are exceeding the speed limit. We received comprehensive training and guidelines to help us manage the deployments ourselves, safely."

When operated for an approved deployment period, results show that vehicle speeds drop when driving past a SID, resulting in a lower 85th percentile (the speed of which 85% of traffic is at or lower).

Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said:

"The SIDs work by reminding people of the speed limit and drivers adjust their speed appropriately. It's often a lapse in concentration that means speed limits are exceeded so this prompt is all it takes to bring speeds down."

Existing SIDs can be modified to become solar powered. This helps reduce the number of times batteries are changed and it ensures the SID is never on the highway not activating.

If your community is interested in using SIDs email sids@dorsetcc.gov.uk for more information.

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