Arlesey Speed Watch receive new detection equipment.

Speed detection kits worth £22,000 have been purchased by Central Bedfordshire Council for local communities to use to help stop speeding traffic in their neighbourhoods.

The council has been working with Bedfordshire Police to identify priority areas across Central Bedfordshire. As a result, speed detection devices were given out by the council to Community Speed Watch representatives from Arlesey, Stanbridge, Caddington, Pulloxhill, Meppershall, Wrestlingworth, Husborne Crawley, Maulden and Fairfield on Friday (7 December).

The Community Speed Watch scheme allows volunteers to check and record driver speeds within 20, 30 or 40mph speed limit zones. The devices will be used by local volunteers who have been trained by the police. The data they collect is passed to the police, who then arrange for the registered keeper of the vehicle to be written to, informing them that their vehicle was detected exceeding the speed limit. The police will take further action for persistent speeders. The volunteer patrols can act as a deterrent to speeding and help to improve the safety of road-users.

Cllr Jeremy Wallace reports: “As a town councillor in Arlesey I was aware a scheme had previously been in existence, but the lack of equipment caused too many issues and it closed down.  It took many months to get trained and restart, but eventually I acquired a team of seven eager volunteers and we hold weekly sessions around Arlesey.  I believe Speed Watch has been successful and effective in reducing speeding in the village hot spots.  Residents are now aware of us, are generally supportive and hopefully drive slower.  Having our own machine instead of sharing with many other areas will make administration of our scheme much simpler.”

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