A POLICE SPEED WATCH scheme is taking place in Preston. The initiative undertaken by Humberside Police Community Support Officer Simon Cook is aimed at achieving a reduction of speeding traffic through the community.
Preston resident John Hockless has campaigned relentlessly against speeding traffic through the village. In August 2011 he highlighted the issue on the Hedon Blog, in particular the fast-moving tractors with their ‘monster wheels’ that confronted residents as they walk the narrow pathways, particularly at the main crossroads in the village.
At the South and Mid Holderness eBeat meeting held online last night (30th Jan 2012) PCSO Cook said:
“I have just started a speed watch scheme in Preston, and I started along Weghill Road. I will be completing speed watch at different locations and times in Preston. I have spoken to the Highways department regards the cross roads and will do again to see what action we can take to stop the vehicles going onto the path or going frighteningly close. I will be along the crossroads completing high visibility patrols to observe the traffic.”
HU12 Online says: Because of the active interest from residents in road safety in Preston then there may be an opportunity to start a community speed watch scheme? Community Speed Watch supports trained volunteers to work within their communities to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the problem locally.
A Community Speed Watch can be started subject to sufficient interest and resources being available. It involves poster and sign campaigns linked to direct action using speed guns. The use of the speed-checking devices will lead to speeding drivers being sent warning letters from the police.
HU12 Online obtained some official statistics from the East Riding Council about traffic flows and accident rates in the village last October 2011, but we still welcome the viewpoints and experiences of Preston residents themselves regarding any speeding problems in the village. Leave a comment below.
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