A key step leading to volunteers being armed with speed guns on our streets comes on April 1 when a Community Speedwatch coordinator starts work.
Around 200 Lincolnshire parishes are currently in the Community Speedwatch scheme, which has introduced steps such as reactive, speed indicator devices (SIDs) and static speed limit reminder signs in a bid to slow reckless drivers.
Some 40 parishes and groups have signed up to take things a stage further by undergoing speed gun training – any drivers caught can expect a warning letter from the police followed by a police visit if it happens again.
In December, Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) was hopeful that the first trained volunteers could appear on the streets as early as spring but it’s now likely to be summer as the full-time coordinator has a mountain of work ahead, and four volunteer area coordinators are yet to be appointed.
LRSP spokesman John Siddle said the full-time coordinator’s initial work will include risk assessments on potential speed-check sites and making sure volunteers are properly equipped and trained.
Mr Siddle said: “I would have thought, into the summer, we should see some action out there on the roads.”
He said the scheme is open to groups of volunteers and it doesn’t have to be a parish council leading it.
Mr Siddle explained: “I know a couple of parishes have said ‘we just see this as policing on the cheap, we are not having anything to with it’. If a community wants to be part of it, they don’t need the backing of the parish council.”