Villagers are now watching your speed

Local volunteers in Kinglassie taking part in the Community Speed Watch Scheme
Local volunteers in Kinglassie taking part in the Community Speed Watch Scheme

LOCAL volunteers took to the streets of Kinglassie last week to tackle a big problem affecting the village, reports KEVIN QUINN.

The Community Speed Watch Scheme is currently being piloted there, with other areas in and around Glenrothes to get involved later.

Community Police Officers train locals on how to use the equipment, allowing them to keep tabs on car speeds as they come through the village, which has a 20 mph speed limit that is often ignored. In Kinglassie, six volunteers split into two teams. One of the three volunteers uses the speed gun, one recognises the number plate while the other writes it down. The information is then passed onto the police.

The Gazette joined one of the teams as they went out on their first run last week.

Standing outside Kinglassie Post Office one of the volunteers, Jennifer Taaffe, explained how it was going: “The cars are starting off at a higher speed but they come down when they see us. So, so far it has been quite good.

“Kinglassie is a village full of young kids and they are not always paying attention. So if someone is going too fast then there could be an accident.

“I think we will do this three times a week - Monday morning, Friday afternoon and weekends as they are the busy times. People are rushing about so much at these times, particularly Monday morning on the way to work.

“This is only the first morning we have been out so we will see how it goes.”

Alan Taaffe was operating the speed gun on this first outing, he hopes this scheme is effective: “From our point of view we don’t want to take any numbers down, that would be great.

“It seems to be working, hopefully when we are away people still have it in their heads and keep their speed at 20 mph.”

All equipment used has been funded through the Community Safety Partnership.

PC Ian Bennett was supervising the volunteers on their first Community Speed Watch outing. He explained more about the training they had received before hitting the streets: “They are being trained on personal safety, conflict management and they have also been given safety alarms. The policing department trained them to use the speed detection device.

“So far today it’s working because nobody has been speeding, it’s already showing good signs, but it is the first day.”