Residents in Croft track speeding motorists

Warrington Guardian: Mike Wilson and Maurizio Lucchesi Mike Wilson and Maurizio Lucchesi

RESIDENTS are being asked to take part in a campaign to stop speeding cars in your area.

Community Speedwatch is run by people in the town, with support from Cheshire Police.

Members of the scheme use a handheld speed camera to record vehicles as they pass.

Anyone caught speeding is sent a letter advising them they were recorded when driving over the limit.

It is not used as part of a criminal prosecution, although data is shared with police.

Mike Wilson helps run Community Speedwatch in Culcheth and Croft where Common Lane and Broseley Lane are hot spots.

Drivers are being clocked at 50mph in the 30mph zones and he says more volunteers are needed.

Mike, a former Greater Manchester police officer who joined after seeing checks being done outside of Croft Primary School on Mustard Lane, said: “All we want is an hour of someone’s time.

“We are just trying to reduce the amount of accidents on the road.”

Anyone wanting to be involved will be trained to use a camera, which costs £800.

Volunteers work in teams of two, one holding up the camera and pulling a trigger, the other recording speeds on a spreadsheet.

Maurizio Lucchesi is a CSO with Cheshire Police at Risley Police Station on Delenty Drive where data is handed in by Mike.

He started Community Speedwatch after a raft of complaints about speeding, and said: “The project can send a message to the community about speeding and its dangers.

“We can engage with a common goal of reducing it.

“We can struggle for volunteers over the winter so hopefully as it gets towards summer there will be more interest.

“After the complaints I said let’s do something together about the problem.

“We target the times that people report speeding is taking place, and we hope by giving warnings they won’t do it again.”

Anyone who wants to get involved can call Maurizio on 101.

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11:22am Thu 6 Feb 14

Nick Tessla says...

I trust that they will be impartial and not ignore transgressions by friends and family.
I trust that they will be impartial and not ignore transgressions by friends and family. Nick Tessla
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11:32am Thu 6 Feb 14

old-codger says...

Drivers are being clocked at 50mph in the 30mph zones and he says more volunteers are needed.

Speed limits near schools are meant to be 20 mph I thought, 30 is about right for the village but 50 is just plain dangerous driving.
Drivers are being clocked at 50mph in the 30mph zones and he says more volunteers are needed. Speed limits near schools are meant to be 20 mph I thought, 30 is about right for the village but 50 is just plain dangerous driving. old-codger
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4:04pm Thu 6 Feb 14

tojahejome says...

Another example of the police not doing their job and passing it on to the public. So data is not used as part of criminal prosecutions but the data is shared with the police. If I speed past the volunteers continually, how often can I do this before the police actually intervene rather than just wasting money sending out letters.
Another example of the police not doing their job and passing it on to the public. So data is not used as part of criminal prosecutions but the data is shared with the police. If I speed past the volunteers continually, how often can I do this before the police actually intervene rather than just wasting money sending out letters. tojahejome
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7:38pm Thu 6 Feb 14

HappyMisery says...

old-codger wrote:
Drivers are being clocked at 50mph in the 30mph zones and he says more volunteers are needed.

Speed limits near schools are meant to be 20 mph I thought, 30 is about right for the village but 50 is just plain dangerous driving.
I had some idiotic woman jump out on me driving through Croft last week.. This was at 9.15am as she was exiting the school gates. I was doing 20mph. I'm glad that the police have shared equipment with the volunteers because its frustrating for some mad woman to jump out screaming "SLOW DOWN!" when I'm driving at less than the speed limit, when she has no idea of the speed I was doing.
[quote][p][bold]old-codger[/bold] wrote: Drivers are being clocked at 50mph in the 30mph zones and he says more volunteers are needed. Speed limits near schools are meant to be 20 mph I thought, 30 is about right for the village but 50 is just plain dangerous driving.[/p][/quote]I had some idiotic woman jump out on me driving through Croft last week.. This was at 9.15am as she was exiting the school gates. I was doing 20mph. I'm glad that the police have shared equipment with the volunteers because its frustrating for some mad woman to jump out screaming "SLOW DOWN!" when I'm driving at less than the speed limit, when she has no idea of the speed I was doing. HappyMisery
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10:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

grey-area says...

What used to happen was that when there seems to be habitual speeding, the police then set up a real speed trap. Then the warnings that should have been heeded can be put to the test. Wonder if that's going to happen here?
What used to happen was that when there seems to be habitual speeding, the police then set up a real speed trap. Then the warnings that should have been heeded can be put to the test. Wonder if that's going to happen here? grey-area
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1:30pm Fri 7 Feb 14

old-codger says...

HappyMisery wrote:
old-codger wrote:
Drivers are being clocked at 50mph in the 30mph zones and he says more volunteers are needed.

Speed limits near schools are meant to be 20 mph I thought, 30 is about right for the village but 50 is just plain dangerous driving.
I had some idiotic woman jump out on me driving through Croft last week.. This was at 9.15am as she was exiting the school gates. I was doing 20mph. I'm glad that the police have shared equipment with the volunteers because its frustrating for some mad woman to jump out screaming "SLOW DOWN!" when I'm driving at less than the speed limit, when she has no idea of the speed I was doing.
You should have given her a few choice words HappyMisery, I know I would have done, Anybody who runs into the path of moving traffic should get three months in Hollins Park. Its plain idiotic.
[quote][p][bold]HappyMisery[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]old-codger[/bold] wrote: Drivers are being clocked at 50mph in the 30mph zones and he says more volunteers are needed. Speed limits near schools are meant to be 20 mph I thought, 30 is about right for the village but 50 is just plain dangerous driving.[/p][/quote]I had some idiotic woman jump out on me driving through Croft last week.. This was at 9.15am as she was exiting the school gates. I was doing 20mph. I'm glad that the police have shared equipment with the volunteers because its frustrating for some mad woman to jump out screaming "SLOW DOWN!" when I'm driving at less than the speed limit, when she has no idea of the speed I was doing.[/p][/quote]You should have given her a few choice words HappyMisery, I know I would have done, Anybody who runs into the path of moving traffic should get three months in Hollins Park. Its plain idiotic. old-codger
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