Police out on the roads
The county’s Community Speed Watch (CSW) volunteers have been hard at work in north Northumberland.
During August, they monitored 395 vehicles and found 38 were speeding. The areas monitored included Lesbury, Longframlington, Rothbury and Swarland.
The aim of the CSW is to monitor traffic speeds in their community using hand-held devices provided by police and the Safer Northumberland Partnership so they can record the speed of passing vehicles.
Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “We’re pleased to see that the vast majority of drivers do keep to the speed limit through our villages and rural areas. But there are a number of motorists who flout the law and drive too fast.
“The CSW initiative works to educate drivers and make them aware that police and the community have a zero tolerance for speeding drivers and are taking action to make keep our roads safe.”
• Police in the Morpeth sector have been working to tackle speeding and anti-social behaviour.
Over the summer, 1,513 vehicle checks were conducted in places including Widdrinton and Longhorseley and of those checked eight had warnings issued.
Police also worked with HM Customs and Excise and VOSA to conduct road checks on issues incliding illegal fuel. In total 25 vehicles were stopped and checked with a number of positive outcomes including seven prohibition notices.
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Sunday 26 May 2013
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