Be more aware of your speed
By Steve Sowden
SOUTH Somerset Community Speed Watch teams and Avon and Somerset Police are mounting a joint speed awareness day urging motorists to put the brakes on.
The aim of the day on June 9 is to demonstrate to motorists and the public the awareness of the police and the community to the dangers of speeding and their determination to do something about it.
The initiative follows public consultation by the police which highlighted speeding as one of the main areas of concern of anti-social behaviour. Speeders stopped by the police can expect to be advised on the spot that they will be prosecuted, or some maybe offered the opportunity to attend an Avon and Somerset Police speed seminar. As well as police beat mangers and police community support officers, also working directly with the CSW teams on the day will be PC Andy Blackwell, the full-time, recently appointed police support officer. He said: "What many drivers may not realise is how drastically their vehicle insurance premium can be affected by a speeding offence.
"By joining the CSW schemes the communities are showing they want their villages and towns to be free from speeding vehicles and the dangers they cause."
In the previous awareness day last autumn, 15 towns and villages took part and the speed of nearly 10,000 vehicles monitored. Of these, six per cent were speeding above 35mph and two per cent were travelling at 40 mph or more in a 30 mph zone some at well over 50 mph.
This time there are up to 23 taking part as more communities have now become acutely aware of the problems caused by speeders. Addition-ally, a further 12 villages and towns have now expressed a firm desire to form speed watch teams.
"This is a wonderful show of partnership working between the district council, police, and other bodies that are trying to make South Somerset a safer place for residents and visitors alike," said community safety co-ordinator for South Somerset District Council, Steve Brewer.
9:57am Wednesday 7th June 2006