South Holland volunteers back out on Community Speed Watch patrols
Volunteers committed to keeping South Holland free of speeding drivers have restarted their patrols in the area after an easing of lockdown restrictions.
Community Speed Watch (CSW) teams have been allowed to resume their monitoring of traffic in town and villages at the same time as Lincolnshire Police launched a new, two-year Roads Policing Plan.
In Weston and Weston Hills, five speed checks have been carried out since last Monday when CSW patrols restarted, with more than 50 drivers caught breaking the villages' respective 30mph and 40mph speed limits.
Coun Chris Dicks, chairman of Weston Parish Council, said: "Over 50 motorists have been caught speeding through both Weston and Weston Hills, some at very high speeds for the roads they are travelling on.
"Needless to say that with fewer cars on the road, drivers are returning to their normal habit of driving too fast."
Jan Whitbourn, the area's police volunteer coordinator for CSW, said: "All communities have suffered an increase in occurrences of speeding during lockdown and that has been a focus ofthe Speed Enforcement team at Lincolnshire Police, along with road traffic officers.
"Many drivers have travelled at double the speed limit, putting other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists at greater risk.
"Letters will be sent out to these drivers, on behalf of the CSW volunteers who are all being asked to observe social distancing in accordance with current guidelines.
"If the present guidelines from central government change with any significance, CSWduties will be reviewed accordingly."
CSW volunteers have been backed by Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones who, speaking to Police and Crime Panel members earlier this month, said: "Speed isn't the only issue on our roads, but it's certainly the isuue that most concerns residents, particularly in built-up areas and in small communities.
"The CSW scheme has been a huge success and we'll be working with those members of the community who are volunteers to make sure they can operate safely in a social distancing way moving forward.
"We absolutely want to see the continuation and expansion of CSW which is about drivers changing their behaviour."
. Anyone interested in training as a CSW volunteer can call Jan Whitbourn on 07779 895388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org