Speeding motorists shopped in Burnley and Pendle police initiative (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Speeding motorists shopped in Burnley and Pendle police initiative
6:00pm Saturday 25th August 2012 in Burnley
SPEEDING motorists have been shopped by members of their own community thanks to a new police initiative.
Residents in Burnley and Pendle joined forces with police officers to take part in the Community Road Watch Scheme, which saw 20 drivers punished for flouting speed limits.
The volunteers received special training and worked alongside the neighbourhood policing team to catch drivers ignoring the limit in Gisburn Road, Barrowford and Pendle Way, Burnley.
The project came about after fed-up residents raised concerns to officers about persistent traffic problems in their area.
Road policing officer, Sgt Claire Pearson, said: “Community Road Watch Scheme is another tool that we can use to slow vehicles down and educate drivers about the importance of complying with speed limits.
“Involving residents in the scheme allows them to help resolve the problem. It means that the volunteers can spread the message to speeding motorists about the benefits that driving more slowly and safely in residential areas has for them, their family, and their neighbours.
“We sent out 20 letters to the offending drivers as a warning that they need to slow down. Persistent offenders will be more specifically targeted by the police.
“I would like to thank the team of community volunteers, which included special constables and neighbourhood watch members, for their time. Their contribution has helped to make our roads safer.”
Stickers warning motorists to ‘kill’ their speed were plastered across residents’ wheelie bins in Gisburn Road two years ago in a previous bid to put off speeding cars on that stretch.