Tar­get­ing driv­ers who break lim­its

Vol­un­teers can join speed­ing crack­down

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A joint op­er­a­tion by po­lice and Trans­port for London (TfL) is be­ing launched in an at­tempt to crack down on speed­ing driv­ers in Hilling­don.

Com­mu­nity Road­watch sees Po­lice Com­mu­nity Sup­port Of­fi­cers (PCSOs) mea­sur­ing speeds on the bor­oughs roads and tar­get­ing per­sis­tent law-break­ers.

The scheme was first launched in Bex­ley and Croy­don in Au­gust last year and all 33 London bor­oughs are ex­pected to take part by the end of the year.

TfL’s di­rec­tor of en­force­ment and on-street oper­a­tions, Steve Bur­ton, said: “Re­search has shown that speed is of­ten a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in road col­li­sions and Com­mu­nity Road­watch forms a key part of our com­mit­ment to halve the num­ber of peo­ple killed and se­ri­ously in­jured on London’s roads by 2020.”

A man was caught com­mit­ting an in­de­cent act on an Uxbridge mo­tor­way ear­lier in June in a sep­a­rate joint op­er­a­tion.

The project is fully funded by TfL and sees PCSOs is­sue warn­ing let­ters to res­i­dents break­ing the speed limit.

Driv­ers caught above the speed limit will be added to in­tel­li­gence sys­tems and could lead to a home visit or a tar­geted stop by po­lice.

Since the scheme started 4,177 ve­hi­cles have been caught speed­ing across London and 3,632 let­ters have been sent.

In­spec­tor David Monk, from the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Roads and Trans­port Polic­ing Com­mand, said: “Im­prov­ing the safety of all road users by re­duc­ing speed­ing driv­ers on the roads of Hilling­don is ex­tremely im­por­tant to us.

“We are keen to build on our ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ship with TfL and our polic­ing part­ners through Com­mu­nity Road­watch and work with them to find a so­lu­tion that suits our lo­cal area to re­duce the num­ber of speed­ing driv­ers on our roads.”

The com­mu­nity are be­ing wel­comed to take part in Road­watch and can sug­gest ar­eas where there are con­cerns over speed­ing.

To get in­volved or con­tact TfL about the scheme click here.

n TAK­ING AC­TION: Vol­un­teers and PCSOs are work­ing to re­duce speed­ing on Hilling­don’s roads

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