Wiltshire

Volunteers catch 5,000 speeding drivers in Wiltshire

A volunteer group has caught almost 5,000 drivers breaking the speed limit in Wiltshire over the last 12 months.

The Community Speed Watch (CSW) group uses speed guns then writes to drivers whom it records exceeding the limit.

The scheme was launched after the county's speed cameras were removed by Wiltshire Council in 2010.

CSW co-ordinator Elizabeth Ngero said: "It's so easy to speed in a vehicle and it just needs that warning for people to realise what speed can actually do."

Of the 4,807 people sent letters by the CSW, only nine have received fines.

These are drivers who were persistently recorded as speeding and then monitored by the police.

The CSW has approximately 200 members across 42 active groups in Wiltshire.

Members are recruited by word of mouth in their local parish, where a need for a speed watch scheme is identified by the police.

CSW volunteers work closely with Wiltshire Police's neighbourhood policing teams and are supported by the roads policing unit.

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