Residents could help to tackle speeding motorists in North Yorkshire

Gazette & Herald: Volunteers could help to tackle speeding motorists Volunteers could help to tackle speeding motorists

RESIDENTS in North Yorkshire could soon help police monitor speeding motorists in the region.

Responding to a question about monitoring speeding during a live webchat on Monday, chief constable Dave Jones said North Yorkshire Police was considering adopting a scheme which would see civilian volunteers assist police on some road safety matters.

The scheme would be based on the Speedwatch initiative, which is already under way in 20mph, 30mph and some 40mph areas in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight, and is managed by local Safer Neighbourhood Teams but run by volunteers.

According to Hampshire Police: “Volunteers will use equipment that can monitor the speed of passing traffic and record the details, later adding them to a database.

“Vehicle checks will be undertaken by the police and letters will then be sent to the registered keepers advising them of the speed and reminding them of why it is a community concern.

“It is important to know that SpeedWatch now forms part of our response to speeding issues.

“ It is the first tier in our response to dealing with this problem.

“If a problem persists, we will escalate to tier two, meaning that enforcement can be undertaken by the police Safer Neighbourhood teams.”

Mr Jones said “in recognition of the concerns expressed by the community we are exploring how we can involve them more in monitoring speeding vehicles”, but said the Hampshire scheme “may not be the final product in North Yorkshire”.

So far, the scheme costs up to £3,000 to set up, which would have to be found by the community, either through sponsorship, parish or town councils, or community grants, and go on equipment, signs, and safety equipment.

A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Community Speed Watch is not enforcement, but education and information gathering which could then go on to inform our enforcement activity “ It’s in the early stages at the moment and nothing firm has been decided.

“If a Community Speed Watch scheme is introduced, it will be in addition to, and not in place of our current enforcement strategy which uses collision data and information from the speed management protocol to determine where enforcement takes place.

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10:22am Wed 21 May 14

Elephant says...

Next step - North Yorkshire Stasi
Next step - North Yorkshire Stasi Elephant
  • Score: -26

10:36am Wed 21 May 14

purelobo says...

i can just see the jobsworths forming an orderly queue already to put their names down for this.please sir ,me sir,can i help sir.sickening.
i can just see the jobsworths forming an orderly queue already to put their names down for this.please sir ,me sir,can i help sir.sickening. purelobo
  • Score: -36

10:53am Wed 21 May 14

Just zis guy, you know? says...

Here I was thinking that 1984 was a work of fiction ... here come the Thought Police.
Here I was thinking that 1984 was a work of fiction ... here come the Thought Police. Just zis guy, you know?
  • Score: -36

10:53am Wed 21 May 14

HeidTheBa' says...

North Yorkshire or North Korea? You choose.
North Yorkshire or North Korea? You choose. HeidTheBa'
  • Score: -54

11:10am Wed 21 May 14

willybendit says...

how it the police are keeping a eye on us when there should be keeping an eye on there own officers who drive around not wearing Seatbelts seen quite a few over the last week Do as we say not as we do so next time your out and about and see a police vehicle coming towards you take a look to see if there wearing seatbelts
how it the police are keeping a eye on us when there should be keeping an eye on there own officers who drive around not wearing Seatbelts seen quite a few over the last week Do as we say not as we do so next time your out and about and see a police vehicle coming towards you take a look to see if there wearing seatbelts willybendit
  • Score: -45

11:44am Wed 21 May 14

julia brica says...

Twenty's plenty. ? Well I followed a police van along Bishopthorpe Road doing 30. Were they speeding to a call ? I don't think so. The two occupants were chatting away without a care in the world.
Twenty's plenty. ? Well I followed a police van along Bishopthorpe Road doing 30. Were they speeding to a call ? I don't think so. The two occupants were chatting away without a care in the world. julia brica
  • Score: -32

1:11pm Wed 21 May 14

again says...

Oh dear, more misery for poor Mr Toad. My heart bleeds!
Oh dear, more misery for poor Mr Toad. My heart bleeds! again
  • Score: 17

1:29pm Wed 21 May 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

can there be a similar scheme for every time i see someone crossing in a dangerous place? or a cyclist 2meters from the curb? or even in a double line with just two of them?

Maybe it would be better educating them of how to be safe on a road instead of sending 1m letters to people who agree with 70% of the nation that 20mph zones are not needed down every f@ckin street! I.e trentholme drive! it has a 20mph sign and it is about 30m long... then why you leave it has a 30mph sign.... oh right so i can speed out at 30mph on a t-junction...

Everyone has a massive push for this and why? How many kids get run over due to speed? None! My mate ran one over as she ran out from behind a bus without checking. He was doing the correct speed but did it help? no! she gone hit... then sued him for damages despite it being her fault for running out blind...

brown ricers are ruining the world!
can there be a similar scheme for every time i see someone crossing in a dangerous place? or a cyclist 2meters from the curb? or even in a double line with just two of them? Maybe it would be better educating them of how to be safe on a road instead of sending 1m letters to people who agree with 70% of the nation that 20mph zones are not needed down every f@ckin street! I.e trentholme drive! it has a 20mph sign and it is about 30m long... then why you leave it has a 30mph sign.... oh right so i can speed out at 30mph on a t-junction... Everyone has a massive push for this and why? How many kids get run over due to speed? None! My mate ran one over as she ran out from behind a bus without checking. He was doing the correct speed but did it help? no! she gone hit... then sued him for damages despite it being her fault for running out blind... brown ricers are ruining the world! Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -46

3:06pm Wed 21 May 14

Ichabod76 says...

How much did it cost to put 20 signs on this street ?

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How much did it cost to put 20 signs on this street ? https://www.google.c o.uk/maps/@53.95601, -1.122566,3a,75y,159 .66h,77.48t/data=!3m 4!1e1!3m2!1s_y8GdOek p04mQ3KQSREuNg!2e0 Ichabod76
  • Score: -50

5:17pm Wed 21 May 14

Cheeky face says...

Pedestrians hit at 20 have a better chance of surviving serious injury than being hit by a 30mph car.

20 limit signs in some dead end side streets are meaningless.

I also saw a vehicle doing 30ish on Bishopthorpe Rd - it was as council vehicle!

If the powers that be follow the Hants speedwatch scheme then warning letters are likely when the observers get a reg number. This is already in place in some areas; and makes Dave Merritt's comments that DVLA data regarding registered keepers cannot lead to warning letters. I queried this with the council as Dave said this on Radio and /or in the press 9 times. I spoke to Ruth Stephenson about this and she said Dave Merritt DID NOT ring DVLA - it was a junior employee who did. I am waiting to talk to Ruth about any notes on the call! She was reminded of my wanting her to ring me on Monday am this week.
Pedestrians hit at 20 have a better chance of surviving serious injury than being hit by a 30mph car. 20 limit signs in some dead end side streets are meaningless. I also saw a vehicle doing 30ish on Bishopthorpe Rd - it was as council vehicle! If the powers that be follow the Hants speedwatch scheme then warning letters are likely when the observers get a reg number. This is already in place in some areas; and makes Dave Merritt's comments that DVLA data regarding registered keepers cannot lead to warning letters. I queried this with the council as Dave said this on Radio and /or in the press 9 times. I spoke to Ruth Stephenson about this and she said Dave Merritt DID NOT ring DVLA - it was a junior employee who did. I am waiting to talk to Ruth about any notes on the call! She was reminded of my wanting her to ring me on Monday am this week. Cheeky face
  • Score: -72

8:13pm Wed 21 May 14

MorkofYork says...

I'm amazed how keen some people are to drag us into a police state for their own gratification.

There aren't enough accidents involving speed to warrant slowing everyone down and bringing in a police state. It's just an ideological push from limp green tards. Our democracy is so weak they manage to weasel their way into positions of power.

Embrace freedom and personal responsibility, reject the nanny state ninnys.
I'm amazed how keen some people are to drag us into a police state for their own gratification. There aren't enough accidents involving speed to warrant slowing everyone down and bringing in a police state. It's just an ideological push from limp green tards. Our democracy is so weak they manage to weasel their way into positions of power. Embrace freedom and personal responsibility, reject the nanny state ninnys. MorkofYork
  • Score: -57

8:28pm Wed 21 May 14

browbeaten says...

So in the event of a not guilty plea for speeding by one of these vigilantes who will pay their wages when they need time off work to give evidence against fellow mebers of the public.
The police need to do the job they are paid for rather than this ~ shop a neighbour plan.
Disgusting.
Wake up Dave Jones. You were engaged to police the county ,not to recruit a load of old buffers as unpaid spies !
Just spent 2 weeks in Swaledale. Saw 1 police vehicle the entire period. How reassuring. LOL . !!!!!
So in the event of a not guilty plea for speeding by one of these vigilantes who will pay their wages when they need time off work to give evidence against fellow mebers of the public. The police need to do the job they are paid for rather than this ~ shop a neighbour plan. Disgusting. Wake up Dave Jones. You were engaged to police the county ,not to recruit a load of old buffers as unpaid spies ! Just spent 2 weeks in Swaledale. Saw 1 police vehicle the entire period. How reassuring. LOL . !!!!! browbeaten
  • Score: -23

10:19pm Wed 21 May 14

AnotherPointofView says...

How did we sleepwalk straight into 1984?
How did we sleepwalk straight into 1984? AnotherPointofView
  • Score: -69

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