Aberdour ‘first’ for police speedwatch initiative

A community-based initiative to reduce the average speed of vehicles travelling through Aberdour was launched
A community-based initiative to reduce the average speed of vehicles travelling through Aberdour was launched

A community-based initiative to reduce the average speed of vehicles travelling through Aberdour has been launched.

Police officers based at Dalgety Bay police station began working in partnership with trained volunteers using approved speed detection equipment, to run the Aberdour Community Speed Watch initiative.

The initiative is the first to take place in South West Fife and will initially run for three months, when the volunteers will record details of vehicles travelling at excessive speeds and forward the details to police. Officers then send advisory letters to vehicle owners regarding the speeding offence, bringing it to their attention and explaining the concept of Community Speed Watch.

Local Community Sergeant Jonathan Peebles said: “Previous speed surveys in Aberdour have shown a speeding problem in the area. In addition, through our Community Engagement Meetings, local residents have highlighted that speeding in the area is an issue. Community Speed Watch has proved successful in many areas throughout the UK in reducing average speeds in built-up areas and I expect the same will apply in Aberdour.

“The initiative is not about catching as many speeding drivers as possible. In fact, we hope very few drivers receive letters, as this will indicate that drivers are slowing down due to the presence of Community Speed Watch. This initiative does not replace conventional speed detection measures on the part of local officers, which will continue as normal.”

Community Speed Watch volunteer Willie Dryburgh added: “I see this as an excellent opportunity for local residents to work with local police officers and be involved in tackling a local issue. Speeding in Aberdour is a regular complaint from local residents and Community Speed Watch enables us to actively assist in forming part of the solution. Anything that can assist in making our roads safer is a good thing and this initiative should see a reduction in the average speed of vehicles travelling through Aberdour. Along with conventional policing methods, this initiative can only help make our roads safer.”

Sergeant Peebles added: “Fife Constabulary is very much a community-orientated police force and through Community Engagement Meetings and initiatives such as Community Speed Watch, we will continue Taking Policing Closer to the Community.”