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How you can volunteer to help stop speeding in Spalding

A group which aims to curb speeding on the streets is appealing for more volunteers.

Spalding’s Community Speed Watch was launched seven years ago

“Speeding is a serious issue that affects communities across the country, putting pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users at risk,” said Coun Jan Whitbourn, who operates the scheme.

Coun Jan Whitbourn with Speedwatch volunteers
Coun Jan Whitbourn with Speedwatch volunteers

“In Spalding, we launched the Community Speed Watch initiative seven years ago and in many areas it is making a difference all due to the volunteers who have got involved and want to make our area a safe place to live.

“This volunteer-led program empowers members of our community to monitor vehicle speeds and promote road safety in our area.

The next training session will be held on Wednesday, July 10.

Volunteers collect data from devices provided by the parish councils, which is passed on to the police.

Officers can issue warning letters or take further action against repeat offenders.

The data is kept and analysed to see where they are needed most.

“Community Speed Watch is working, people are taking notice,” Coun Whitbourn added.

“It is a proven fact that we are working together and the police are behind our volunteers 100%.”

Recent statistic showed the need to battle speeding in the area.

Between May 2023 and 2024, the vector camera on the A151, Main Road Whaplode recorded the fourth highest number of offences in the county - 4,822.

Meanwhile, cameras clocked one motorist driving at 84mph in a 30mph area in Spalding.

Drivers were also clocked at more than 100mph in Surfleet and Little Sutton.

“Hearing about the data where some of our areas are among the top 10 locations in our county for having caught the most drivers for speeding shows we are helping to do what we all want most, slowing the traffic down and stopping speeding,” Coun Whitbourn added.

Further information about volunteering is available by calling 07779 895 388 or emailing jan@tulip-events.co.uk.

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