Northumberland village joins up to police speed scheme

The Boulmer road junction in Longhoughton.
The Boulmer road junction in Longhoughton.
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A north Northumberland parish council has agreed to sign up to a national programme aimed at cutting speeding.

Longhoughton Parish Council has been increasingly concerned at reports of speeding traffic driving through the village.

Councillors would like to support a Speedwatch campaign to provide a presence which makes drivers more aware of their speed and aims to minimise potential accidents.

The Speedwatch group would be run by villagers with the full support of the parish council.

Northumbria Police will give full training to all volunteers, provide a speed monitoring device and high visibility jackets and support the campaign throughout its duration alongside the parish council.

Volunteers use a speed device to register the speed of motorists through a designated area.

Police then send a warning letter to any driver caught travelling above the speed limit.

If the same driver is caught more than twice, police will follow it up, with the driver possibly being issued with a speeding ticket.

The purpose of the Speedwatch campaign is not to do the police’s job for them, but to provide a presence in the village which makes drivers more aware of their speed and improves the safety of all villagers.

If you are interested in volunteering for Speedwatch, contact Coun Eleanor Phillips on 01665 577563 or email longhoughtonpc@gmail.com for more information on the proposed programme.

The parish council recently ran a questionnaire and returned forms were entered into a prize draw. So far no one has come forward with the winning ticket. Contact Coun Eleanor Phillips on 01665 577563 for more details.