Speedwatch needs more volunteers

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Northumbria Police is looking for volunteers to take part in its Community Speedwatch schemes across Northumberland.

The areas it is seeking interest from include Ashington and Morpeth.

All volunteers will receive relevant training, support and specialist equipment to allow them to monitor traffic speed in locations where residents have said they are concerned that speeding is an issue.

Motorists who are caught driving above the speed limit by Community Speedwatch receive a letter from police and those caught more than once will be visited at home by an officer.

Police also use the information gained by volunteers to identify areas where enforcement action needs to be taken to tackle speeding.

The initiative was first introduced in Northumberland in 2011.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris said: “We’re always interested in hearing from people who are willing to give us some of their time to do this worthwhile work, which helps to keep our roads safe from speeding drivers.

“We value their input and those who do volunteer with us tell us they feel it is a worthwhile experience that helps them give something back to the community as well.”

For more information, visit http://careers.northumbria.police.uk/community-speed-watch.html