Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping will be casting a watchful eye over motorists this week as he joins residents for a road safety operation.
Commissioner Tipping will join members of the Ravenshead Community Road Safety group on Thursday (February 4) to talk to local people about motoring problems in the area and find out how the Group is encouraging safer driving habits.
The scheme aims to educate motorists in the law and captures trends in those villages identified as experiencing speeding problems. It is particularly focused on the ‘Fatal Four’, targeting people who commit the four most common causes of accidents – speeding, driving without wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone at the wheel and driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
For example, volunteers are trained to use speed indicator devices which displays vehicle speed and the registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter from their local neighbourhood policing team, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.
Community Road Safety is also seeking to reduce environmental issues such as noise pollution and emissions and raise awareness of the need to consider other road-users, pedestrians, cyclists, horse-riders and so on. The scheme also operates LorryWatch, particularly focused on weight restrictions to prevent heavy lorries using villages and minor roads as ‘cut-throughs’, reporting those breaking the restrictions to Trading Standards.
Commissioner Tipping has pledged to prioritise speeding and other road safety issues as part of a raft of measures designed to address the concerns of rural communities and improve the police response to rural crime.
Commenting ahead of his visit, he said: “Speeding or not wearing a seatbelt might not get the same headlines as violent crime but these issues are brought to my attention time and time again. I know that motoring problems can cause misery in our communities, particularly our rural villages.
“The scheme represents partnership working at its best and sees residents, councils and the police working together to make our roads safer. Volunteers are trained and equipped to monitor motorists’ behaviour and the information they gather helps us to target our resources more effectively and consider longer-term measures.
“Rural communities are the lifeblood of this county and I’m determined to ensure those who live there can do so safely.”
The Ravenshead Community Road Safety group are supervised by PC Kulvinder Dosanjh from Arnold police station who will demonstrate the equipment to the Commissioner, alongside scheme co-ordinators Nigel Christine Leafe and parish councilor Martin Smith.
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Posted on Wednesday 3rd February 2016