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A speed watch training session was arranged for Wednesday the 13th October at the Rajar building in Mobberley for all the areas in Knutsford.
On the evening we had a room full of volunteers attend. 8 were from Mobberley, 2 were from Pickmere, 2 from Great Warford, and there were also volunteers from Plumley and Over Peover, and Longridge.
Sgt Adam Moreton opened the training session by thanking everyone for attending and just explaining why speed watch is essential in our rural areas, and this was followed by PC Nicki Mercer taking everyone through why it was set up and how it all works.
Speed watch was brought in a couple of years to help police officers tackle roads which residents were finding they had problems with speeding. As the scheme is run by local volunteers who have local knowledge of where the problem roads are in their areas, these roads can be targeted by the volunteers at their peaks problem times. More roads can be targeted by volunteers than by police officers.
The main aim of speed watch is to monitor the traffic on the roads and not to get as many as you can on your list in a hour as possible, but to act as a deterant to speeding motorists who then slow down during the session.
The volunteers can go out as often or as little as they like, and the beauty with speed watch is that they can go out to different locations in their villages on different days at different times, so that the motorists don’t know exactly where they are going to be at any given time.
The volunteers have to go out in pairs and in daylight so that they can be seen by motorists, and they are not allowed to hide behind bushes or trees, they have to be in plain sight.
Being part of a speed watch scheme gives the residents a chance to be a active part in tackling current problems in their areas, and they can physically see the vehicles slowing down whilst they are conducting speed watch.
The main aim of speed watch is to monitor the traffic on the roads and not to get as many as you can on your list in a hour as possible, but to act as a deterrent to speeding motorists who then slow down during the session.
Following the success of current schemes in Knutsford we are looking to recruit more volunteers in the Over Ward area including Parkgate, Longridge and Shaw Heath. This is to target the issue of speeding which was raised by residents in the area. The main problem roads being Mobberley road and Longridge.
If you would like to volunteers for the above scheme then please contact PCSO Jenny Regan at Knutsford station on 0845 458 6380.