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Halstead: Speeding motorists caught by volunteer scheme
1:55pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
More than 100 motorists have been caught speeding after a series of community speed checks were carried out.
Volunteers from the Community Speedwatch scheme in the Halstead area have been conducting checks across the town and surrounding villages.
During their last two session, the scheme recorded 127 people driving in excess of the speed limit.
Motorists are being warned they will face a visit from the police if they continue to speed in the area.
PCSO Eddy Edwards, who co-ordinates the Community Speedwatch volunteers for Halstead, said: "Although our project is small, it does prove that a large number of motorists exceed the speed limit.
“The other alarming fact is that drivers flout the law even when warned that Community Speedwatch is operating in the area.”
On September 28, volunteers covered Halstead, Gosfield, Sible Hedingham and Ridgewell, from 10am to 12noon, recording 94 speeding drivers.
Two of these motorists were repeat offenders who will be visited by uniformed police officers who will provide advice.
A further operation on October 3 covered Gosfield, Sible Hedingham, Little Yeldham, Foxearth and Bures from 2pm to 4pm.
Volunteers recorded 33 speeding motorists in heavy rain conditions.
Mr Edwards said: "I would like to thank all of the volunteers who gave up their time.
“They were helped by local PCSOs and motorcycle officers from the Essex Police Casualty Reduction team who were looking for motorists who were using mobile phones, not wearing seatbelts or committing other offences.
"We will be carrying out more checks in the future.”
Community Speedwatch groups have been operating throughout Essex since 2007.
For more information on Community Speedwatch, visit essex.police.uk/be_safe/speeding.aspx
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