Community Speedwatch Scheme
These schemes are being set up to try to combat speeding in local communities. Groups of the general public will be trained by members of the Police and their support staff in the use of radar speed
detection equipment. There is to be a group formed in Wigmore which will be the second started in this part of the West Mercia Police area.
The first meeting for potential members of this group has already taken place and a date for the first training session has been set. The members of the group will monitor vehicles travelling through the village and then a report will be given to the Police regarding any excessive speeding observed. The Police will then write to the registered owner of the offending vehicle. Stronger action will be taken against persistent offenders.
The main objective of this scheme is to deter speeding rather than just catching speeding vehicles. Signs will be placed either side of the locality of the operating group acting under the scheme, hoping that drivers will slow down in the future rather than be reported as offenders. Please note that statistics show that 90% of people given speeding tickets live within 10 kilometres of where they were caught, so remember it is locals who are likely to be involved. Please do not let it be you caught speeding.
Victor Harnett (Wigmore Group Parish Councillor)