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PCC funds extra speed enforcement in response to safety concerns

More than 1,000 motorists were stopped during a campaign funded by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa to address concerns over speeding.

The Commissioner pledged to act on the issues raised by local people during his #D383 tour of the county, agreeing to reinvest £30,000 left over from his 2017-18 budget into speed checks through the worst affected towns and villages.

The funding provided 1,088 hours’ of additional speed enforcement during March and April this year on roads identified by communities as having a problem with speeding motorists as well as locations highlighted by the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership.

During the short-term campaign, 1,200 vehicles were stopped for speeding or other driving offences including the use of mobile phones, not wearing seatbelts and driving with no insurance.

The Commissioner, who updated members of his Strategic Priorities Assurance Board (SPA) on the outcome of the campaign this week, has now written to all the parish councils involved in the operation to assess the impact of the enforcement on the community.

"Speeding remains the number one concern across Derbyshire’s communities and seriously impacts quality of life," said Mr Dhindsa.

"I’ve listened carefully to the views of residents and have funded immediate enforcement action in areas experiencing the worst problems. We will now assess the impact of this operational work and consider future options which aim to tackle speeding in the long-term.

"Supporting communities which want to reduce speeding on their roads is a top priority for me and I am working closely with the Chief Constable to expand the Community Speedwatch programme to a wider area. This will empower local people to monitor speeding trends in their area and re-educate those caught flouting the law to help improve safety longer term."

Since 2016, a total of 57 separate speeding concerns have been raised by different communities across the county.

The Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) is part of the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership which provides intelligence-led speed enforcement across Derbyshire.

The team provides a facility for members of the public to report speeding concerns and issues are assessed for their viability for enforcement.

There are currently more than 80 different locations across the county waiting to be assessed while on average 10 new requests are received by CREST each month.

The Commissioner’s initiative focussed on supporting those communities which had raised concerns over speeding but which would not qualify for enforcement activity under the Road Safety Partnership’s criteria or CREST.

Mr Dhindsa has pledged in his Police and Crime Plan to improve road safety and prevent road deaths.

During 2018, 51 people died on the county’s road network as a result of being involved in a road traffic accident - the highest number of fatalities in over 10 years.

There has also been a 5% increase in the number of people Killed or Seriously Injured in 2018 compared to 2017.

Derbyshire Police is in the process of recruiting two new posts to coordinate Speedwatch across the county.

For more information on establishing Speedwatch in your area or to register an interest visit: www.derbyshire.police.uk/contact-us.


20 July | Amber Sound FM News

 

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