Community helps tackle speeding in St Andrews

The 'Community Speedwatch' initiative has been used in St Andrews and Strathkinness.
The 'Community Speedwatch' initiative has been used in St Andrews and Strathkinness.
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Community groups have been involved in helping tackle the problems caused by speeding drivers in and around St Andrews.

Issues such as speeding, the use of mobile phones by motorists and indiscriminate parking near schools were all identified to the police as areas of concern.

One of the initiatives used to tackle speeding was ‘Community Speedwatch’, which operated in St Andrews and Strathkinness.

Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale, North East Fife area commander, said: “This initiative allows members of the community to be trained in the use of speeding equipment and is used as a deterrent for speeding in built-up areas, especially in the vicinity of local schools.

“As a result of Community Speedwatch, a number of warning letters have been sent out to offending drivers.”

In a report to Fife Council’s north east area committee on police activity from May to November 2014, Chief Insp Annandale said 20 fixed penalty notices had been issued in the St Andrews ward area for speeding and mobile phone use while driving.

He also highlighted problems of speeding in the Tay Bridgehead area, particularly around the primary schools in Newport and Tayport.

“Local community officers, and colleagues from the road policing unit have carried out regular high-profile patrols in an effort to address the issue,” he said. “In doing so, they have reported a number of drivers for speeding, including three drivers for offences involving speeds of 58mph in a 30mph zone.”

In the East Neuk, police officers have been tackling the issue of speeding vehicles travelling to and from events at Crail Airfield, with an increased number of fixed penalty notices being issued and more drivers being reported to the Procurator Fiscal for road traffic offences.

Throughout north east Fife, there has been a drop in many driving offences, with speeding down five per cent compared to the same period last year, driving licence offences down 61 per cent and seat belt offences down 16 per cent.

However, there have been more incidents of dangerous driving and the number of drivers being reported for using mobile phones has more than doubled.

Tragically, during the period under review, five people lost their lives in road accidents in north east Fife .