Road safety investment already seeing returns in Wiltshire
Wiltshire is already benefitting from a dedicated speed enforcement officer recruited earlier this year to crack down on speeding drivers.
In the first 9 weeks of deployment the Community Enforcement Officer, jointly funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Wiltshire Police, caught 132 motorists speeding on Wiltshire’s roads and has issued fines and prosecution notices totalling more than £6,840.
This is in addition to a deployment in Inglesham last week where 12 vehicles were caught exceeding the 40mph speed limit in wet and stormy conditions, with one vehicle being caught twice within half an hour and another recorded at 62mph.
Since coming into office, Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Wilkinson has committed to funding two more Community Enforcement Officers, to bolster these efforts and help make Wiltshire safer.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Wilkinson said: “Speeding is dangerous and time and time again I’m hearing from resident’s just how concerned they are and this is echoed by our Community Speed Watch volunteers - as a result road safety will be a key element in my upcoming Police and Crime Plan.
“It will take time for the real benefits of this enforcement action to shine through, but I’m pleased to see that we are already seeing results from deployments and hope to see the additional enforcement officers recruited in the coming months.
“Prevention is key and we should not wait for another family to grieve a loved one lost to a collision involving speed to take action and as our enforcement capacity increases and creates additional funds through fines and penalties this money will be reinvested in ever more enforcement.”
Currently, the Force’s enforcement officer uses the latest state-of-the-art, roadside, Home Office approved equipment and works alongside Community Speed Watch volunteers to collate intelligence, developing a targeted enforcement approach across those communities where there are speeding issues.
Det Supt Chris Hanson, who is responsible for criminal justice and speed enforcement, said: “Speeding can have devastating consequences and I hope that our continued focus on enforcement reassures the community that we are taking this seriously.
“There is a clear correlation between enforcement of speed limits and a reduction in casualties and we will not shy away from holding motorists to account on the way they drive to make drivers think twice about their speeding.
“I would appeal to those who speed directly and ask whether reaching your destination a few minutes earlier really worth the risk of being involved in a fatal or serious collision?”
Investment by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Wiltshire Police has already provided the current enforcement officer, camera equipment and streamlined back office processes to swiftly deal with enforcement and improved the system to administer the large level of intelligence provided the Community Speed Watch volunteers.
Depending on the severity of the offence, drivers can be fined, summonsed to court or offered a driver improvement course.