Police in Newcastle-under-Lyme join forces with volunteers to stop speeding motorists

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Newcastle Borough Local Police Team have joined with volunteers to put the brakes on careless driving in Staffordshire.

The officers and Specials are working with Community Speedwatch volunteers throughout November to enforce road safety in rural areas of Newcastle, including new speed limits on the A51.

Their main aims are to reduce speeding and careless driving, penalising those who refuse to take note.

PC Neil Coward, of Newcastle Borough Local Police Team, said: “Road safety is a concern for residents in the rural areas.

“We want to educate drivers to promote responsible driving and reduce the number of serious injury or fatal collisions.

“Motorists who disregard speed limits may be offered a speed awareness course or, those who have previously been dealt with for speeding or who drive significantly over the speed limit, will be prosecuted.”

Officers will work together with Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, adding to the work done by Community Speedwatch volunteers across the county.

Biddulph and Perton Speedwatch volunteers have clocked up more than 70 hours between them in the last 12 months and caught more than 300 drivers, which has landed the Biddulph team a Staffordshire Police Divisional Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation.

Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said: “Volunteers play a huge part in local communities through Speed Watch campaigns.

“In Perton, the scheme has only been running a few months but has already had a really positive impact which has led to more volunteers coming forward.

“The teams are doing a great job to help tackle speeding in their communities and make local roads safer for pedestrians, including children.”

Although the volunteer teams are catching many speeders in the act, more volunteers are needed.

Anyone who wants  to get involved, contact Steve Bird, at the Safer Roads Partnership, on 01782 232702 or email [email protected]

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