Volunteer Steve Davis explains how Speedwatch allows residents in Ramsey Mereside to take positive action against speeding drivers while also building a sense of community…
“There’s a stretch of road in Ramsey Mereside called Oilmills Road which is about three miles long before you enter our village. The limit goes from 60mph to 40mph and then to 30mph as you enter the village.
As individuals we found ourselves getting increasingly frustrated with the number of people speeding through our village. As the years have gone by, the village has grown and there are many more families and young children living here. We decided action had to be taken before something tragic happened.
Brian (Speedwatch Coordinator) joined a few of us one evening to talk us through the scheme and before we knew it we had 14 people on board and they were not just pensioners. We have professionals and parents in their 20’s to their 60’s who are passionate about the issue.
We set up Community Speedwatch in Ramsey Mereside just over a year ago and in 2015 we carried out a total of 32 checks on various days and at various times. We checked around 6,500 vehicles, of which almost 1,000 were speeding.
People volunteer as much or as little of their time. I was so surprised when we decided to hold checks at 4.30am to target passing through vehicles at just how many wanted to take part! In the first hour that morning, every vehicle we checked was speeding.
We’ve certainly found that our presence has an effect on drivers but if we allow the checks to dry up, even just a little, we notice people offending again so persistence really is key. That’s why in 2016 we hope to become even more proactive by with weekly checks.
Most people are very accepting to what we do. It’s more frequent that we receive the thumbs up over the fingers up! There have been occasions where motorists have pulled over after seeing us and apologised for speeding. There was another instance when a man, who had received a letter from us about his speeding, visited us one time while we were checking vehicles and again apologised for what he had done.
I would urge people elsewhere in the county to get involved. Not only are you helping to educate fellow motorists about speeding laws, you are making friends and building a community.”
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