Royston speedwatch scheme underway

PUBLISHED: 09:15 23 July 2011

Community speed watch program is launched in Royston. l-r PC Nic Musto (Royston neighbourhood co-ordinator), cllr Phillip Mayne, cllr Elizabeth Freeman, cllr Martin Beaver and cllr Peter Burt.

Community speed watch program is launched in Royston. l-r PC Nic Musto (Royston neighbourhood co-ordinator), cllr Phillip Mayne, cllr Elizabeth Freeman, cllr Martin Beaver and cllr Peter Burt.

Daniel Wilson

MOTORISTS will face a new safety scheme in Royston as a speed watch project gets under way.

The scheme was launched this week and saw both district and town councillors take to the streets armed with equipment borrowed from the police.

Councillor Peter Burt, who represents the Royston Heath ward on North Herts District Council, said: “It went very well, I was really pleased with the result.

“We were on Newmarket Road and we saw the drivers come along and slow down when they saw us – it was very successful.

“I think it’s about helping the police and getting the message across that we’re concerned about speeding in Royston.

“We’re reminding drivers the speed limits are there for a reason.

“I’m a driver myself and I know it’s easy to forget.”

Seven councillors attended the launch and monitored the speed of passing traffic and logged the information- which will be passed on to the police.

Hertfordshire police said that projects similar to the Royston Community Speedwatch scheme are valuable tools against dangerous driving.

Safer Neighbourhoods officer Pc Nic Musto said: “Community Speedwatch is a great scheme which gives local residents and businesses a chance to take charge of their local roads. The scheme is all about educating drivers around the dangers of speeding.

“However, we will not shy away from taking action against repeat offenders.

“Speeding is one of the priorities that is highlighted by people in Royston, and getting tough on speeding motorists is a priority for Hertfordshire Constabulary.

“If other residents in Royston would like to get involved in a Community Speed Watch in this or other areas, get in touch with me on 01707 354192 or email Bill Davidson, Community Speed Watch Co-ordinator at bill.davidson@herts.pnn.police.uk”

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