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Rallying cry goes out to help stop speeders

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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CREWKERNE residents are being urged to battle speeders in the town by helping to revive a Community Speed Watch group.

Restarting the group – which has been disbanded for five years – is one of the main aims of a community safety day taking place in Falkland Square tomorrow.

A traffic survey earlier this year showed 80 per cent of motorists break the speed limit in the town.

The speeding epidemic was recorded by a temporary indicator installed on Mount Pleasant in March – which flashes up speed readings to motorists who go too fast.

A Speedwatch scheme would involve volunteers patrolling the town in high visibility vests and speed guns in a bid to deter dangerous drivers. A scheme may help curb speeding near a Crewkerne school which has failed to secure a 20mph limit near its gates.

Carol Wills, head teacher of Ashlands School on North Street said: "I think it would be a fantastic idea for the town. We are fortunate at the school to have great support from our PCSOs who help us with road safety education, but anything that would have an impact on speeding in the town would be welcome.

"The school has campaigned for a 20mph limit outside the school and we've not been successful with that.

"Limiting speed, especially around schools is of massive importance.

"Our children are always well trained when they go out of the school.

"But parents would appreciate any effort for safer roads."

Chairman of the Crewkerne Community Safety Group, Mike Best said: "The problem Crewkerne has is building up a core group of volunteers.

"If we could get people out regularly in high-visibility jackets using speed guns it would always be in drivers' minds and deter speeding.

PC Lou Cowell from Crewkerne police said: "I think that every town could do with a Speedwatch group.

"It would be a positive thing and we will be at the community safety event to hear the thoughts of residents."

The community safety event is organised by the Crewkerne Community Safety Group. It will see a number of different authorities, charities and local groups offer information to residents about staying safe and avoiding becoming the victims of crime.

The event runs from 10am until 1pm.

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