VOTE: Volunteers to be given speed cameras to help clock repeat offenders
SPEEDING motorists will soon be facing the short arm of the law as primary school pupils prepare to sign up for their own handheld speed cameras.
The Community Road Watch scheme, which is designed to put the skids on inconsiderate drivers in speeding hot-spots around the town, is being rolled out by Humberside Police next month and residents ranging from children to pensioners will be asked to take part to help clock repeat offenders in their neighbourhood.
One of the first roads to enter into the community camera initiative will be Grimsby's Broadway, which is home to two primary schools and a children's centre and has been described as a "rat run" by residents following a number of dangerous crashes in recent years.
Problems with speeding and parking were addressed during a packed neighbourhood forum meeting, where it was revealed that members of the community will be given the chance to record driving data outside their houses.
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The information collected by eagle-eyed residents, who will be working alongside local PSCOs, will then be logged by traffic enforcement officers who could then be in a position to press charges against repeat offenders.
Humberside police casualty reduction officer, PC John Mallett, said volunteers will focus on areas where there are not high casualties, but there are speeding problems.
Waltham's Cheapside and Habrough's Station Road will be among the first locations where volunteers will clock speeding motorists and pass the information on to the police. Letters will then be sent to culprits reminding them of the law and the penalties for speeding.
PC Mallett stated that the role of volunteers will be to educate the motoring public rather than directly enforce the law. He added repeat offenders will get a knock at their door from officers.
Read more about the scheme, plus reaction from residents, councillors, and pupils, in today's Grimsby Telegraph.