Car insurance: Winchelsea aims to cut speeding

Monday, 12 May 2008

A community speed watch scheme using volunteers is being used to slow down motorists in a quiet area of Sussex.

The Rye and Battle Observer reports Winchelsea will see local residents taking to the streets with speed guns in an effort to track drivers pushing the limits.

It is the latest area to adopt a speed watch scheme, which sees police working with council officials and residents to dish out warnings to drivers going too fast.

Quoted by the paper, parish councillor Richard Comotto said he wanted to see accidents avoided as drivers aim to "beat a lorry on the A259 by cutting through the town".

Community speed watch schemes see volunteers pass on the details of drivers breaking limits to the police, who then write warning letters to the offenders.

Drivers caught speeding by more traditional speed traps face prosecution by the police and can find their car insurance premiums increase as a consequence.

Community speed watch schemes involve poster campaigns and a pledge system involving speed guns and vehicle activated signs.

County councils in each area supervise schemes while working closely with local police forces.

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