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Volunteers to carry out speed gun operations on dangerous village roads

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 19, 2013

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VOLUNTEERS donned in florescent jackets and armed with a mobile speed gun will attempt to snare speeding motorists on notorious village roads.

Hartshorne Parish Council will send a team volunteers to patrol Woodville Road, Hartshorne and Sandcliffe Road, Midway.

The operation comes after residents raised concerns about dangerous motorists who flout the roads’ 30mph and 40mph speed limits.

Clerk of the parish council Richard Smith told the Mail the operation aimed to cut the number of serious accidents on the roads.

He said: “The volunteers will try to monitor the road and hopefully their presence with the guns will slow drivers down.

“Sandcliffe Road residents have raised concerns about speeding.

“One of the first measures we can do, and do quickly and cheaply, is use volunteers with these guns.”

Any drivers who are caught speeding in the operation will have their details sent to Derbyshire Police which, Mr Smith said, would build up an ‘evidence base’ against the motorist.

He also said the volunteers will receive training on how to use the equipment from the force before the operation is carried out.

In July, Woodville Road resident Steve Price raised concerns about speeding cars on Woodville Road after his wife Nicola was involved in a crash with a police car responding to an emergency call.

He said: “It is a dangerous stretch of road due to its layout and natural contour, and people regularly exceed the speed limit.

“The speed limits and no overtaking markings on this stretch of road are as a direct result of accidents in the past, and are preventative measures against the many deaths that have occurred on this stretch of road since I was young.”

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