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Commissioner praises community road safety volunteers

4638 - Raveshead Speedwatch

Rob Taylor and Paddy Tipping

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has praised the dedication of Ravenshead road safety volunteers following a recent visit.

Commissioner Tipping joined members of the Ravenshead Community Road Safety Group last week to see how the Group is promoting the road safety message and encouraging drivers to slow down.

Volunteers regularly hold road safety operations to raise awareness among motorists of the four most common causes of accidents dubbed the ‘Fatal Four’ – speeding, driving without wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone at the wheel and driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

During his visit, the PCC met PC Kulvinder Dosanjh from Arnold police station who supervises the group and scheme co-ordinators Nigel Christine Leafe and parish councillor Martin Smith. Volunteers also demonstrated the use of speed indicator devices which display vehicle speed. Anyone caught flouting the law will receive an advisory letter from their local neighbourhood policing team, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.

Speeding and other road safety issues have been prioritised by Commissioner Tipping as part of a new focus on rural crime. 

“The volunteers who give up their time to run safety schemes such as Speedwatch are making a real difference to their communities and I was very impressed with the professionalism and dedication of those I met during my visit to Ravenshead,” said Mr Tipping.

“Education has a valuable role to play in disrupting habitual driving patterns and making motorists more aware of the consequences of their behaviour on the roads. Working together with local communities and our partners in the public sector also helps us to identify where resources are needed most.”

Community Road Safety covers a number of areas from environmental issues such as noise pollution and emissions to the safety of horse-riders, cyclists and pedestrians. Police also operate LorryWatch which aims to prevent lorries’ exceeding weight restrictions using villages and minor roads as a ‘cut-through’.

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Posted on Tuesday 9th February 2016
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