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Commissioner Funds Community Speed-Watch Laser Devices

Font row L/R: Gill Sharples (Lazonby Community Speed-Watch Co-ordinator), Peter McCall (PCC), Michael Roberts (South Cumbria Speed-Watch Co-ordinator); Back row, L/R: PC Tom Davies (Mobile Support Group), Steve Marshall (Tebay Community Speed-Watch Co-ordinator) Tracy Morland (Tebay Community Speed-Watch volunteer) Chief Inspector Andy Wilkinson, PC Colin Bailie Eden NPT

[C]umbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, has provided approximately £10,000 funding to purchase three speed laser devices for use by local communities to tackle speeding vehicles in their areas.

Speaking of his support for the scheme, Peter McCall said: “My mantra is ‘we, not they’, which is why I am delighted to fund the purchase of the three new Speed-Watch radar-guns so that volunteers from the local communities are empowered to help reduce anti-social driving and improve safety in their local area.

“A significant part of my role involves listening to the views, concerns and issues from people in Cumbria, and ascertaining what their priorities for the police are. One subject that comes up frequently is speeding, along with anti-social driving, parking issues and road-safety in general. I believe this is equally an issue on our main roads, as well as for drivers in the many rural communities in Cumbria, which is why I believe the Speed-Watch schemes are so important.

“And the fact that this week is ‘Volunteers Week’, it is a great opportunity to showcase the work of those involved in the Speed-Watch scheme, and say a big ‘thank you’ to all those who volunteer in the county – in many different roles – and help to keep our county safe.”

Chief Inspector Andy Wilkinson from Cumbria Constabulary said: “The community speed watch schemes provide local communities with the opportunity to make a real difference in tackling the anti-social use of vehicles and speeding vehicle offences within their areas of concern. Offending drivers predominantly receive a police issued warning in relation to their driving behaviour, although where repeat offenders are identified or a separate driving offence is committed, the Constabulary will progress to a prosecution.”

“The generous investment from the PCC into this area of business enhances the capability of the current schemes and provides the opportunity to further increase their coverage; this is evidence of the support and commitment to improving the safety of the counties roads and reducing collisions and the anti-social use of vehicles.”

If you wish to contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner please email: [email protected] or telephone 01768 217734


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