600 Volunteers Help Beds Police Send Out 1,600 Warning Letters To Speeding Drivers
Bedfordshire Police, with the help of volunteers throughout the county, are putting the brakes on speeding drivers.
Last month, the force sent over 1,600 warning letters, the highest number sent so far this year, to speeding drivers in Bedfordshire thanks to Speed Watch groups in the county.
The scheme enables volunteers to work to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, and is made up of more than 600 registered volunteers who patrol their communities throughout Bedfordshire.
Speed Watch can be set up in any ward, village or parish governed by a 20, 30 or 40 miles per hour speed limit
When they are on patrol, members of Speed Watch note the date, time, colour, make, model and registration number of any vehicles exceeding the speed limit. The results are then be forwarded to the police who send a warning letter to the registered keeper of the vehicle.
Persistent speeders will receive a second letter but on the third occasion they can expect further action to be taken by the police.
Chief Inspector Neill Waring from Bedfordshire Police said: “More people have been out and about enjoying the nicer weather and the summer holidays, but that does not mean they can ignore speed limits. 1,600 in one month is a record number of letters so far this year, and we will continue to work with Speed Watch to promote safer driving by educating those who drive too fast.
“Our Watch Schemes are empowering communities to become involved with problem solving in their own communities, forging closer relationships with the force and helping us achieve our vision of becoming a well-respected, high-performing, efficiently-run police service.”