Gun threat to speeding drivers

Oct 17 2007

SPEEDING motorists are being warned to curb their speed or face the consequences.

The warning comes from Solihull Council who have funded three state-of-the art 'Pro-laser' speed guns, to be used by the police in speeding hot-spots across the borough.

The guns, which are being funded by West Midlands Road Safety Grant, will be shared between the council's three Neighbourhood Management areas and residents will get the chance to have their say on which roads they think they should be used on.

The guns will be used from this week after Cllr Ted Richards, cabinet Member for transport, highways and infrastructure approved their purchase and a protocol for how they will be used at his decision making session in September.

The police will use the guns for a minimum of two hours a week at one site in each of the council's three neighbourhood areas.

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In total, there will be a minimum of 150 speed enforcement exercises carried out every year, during which the police will issue warnings, cautions and prosecute speeding motorists where appropriate.

The results will be collated and monitored and reported back to the Cabinet Member every three months and to the West Midlands Road Safety Partnership each year.

Councillor Richards said: "People deserve to be safe when they are travelling around our borough which is why we are determined to crack down on speeding motorists who show a complete disregard for their own safety and that of others.

"These new speed guns will build upon the positive partnership working that we are already carrying out with the police and will hopefully alleviate some of the concerns that local people have about vehicles being driven at inappropriate speeds on residential roads."