Community Speedwatch scheme to expand across north east Fife

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VOLUNTEERS armed with hand-held radar guns will soon be deployed across north east Fife in a bid to catch speeding motorists.

The ‘Community Speedwatch’ scheme was successfully pioneered in the Cupar ward last year — and it should reach other areas by next spring.

Drivers caught breaking the limit by a volunteer can expect to receive a letter from Fife Constabulary warning them to watch their speed.

First to officially launch the initiative will be the Tay Bridgehead ward at an event in Wormit next Friday involving local councillors and community police officers.

Describing the scheme as ‘exciting’, Councillor Maggie Taylor said: “Such a lot of speeding goes on and communities are quite rightly concerned about it, so if they can volunteer to help the police in any way I would be delighted.

“It depends entirely on community support and I would encourage people to come forward and volunteer at police community engagement meetings.”

Kilmany Road in Wormit was chosen for the Tay Bridgehead launch because it has been flagged up as a speeding hotspot at recent community engagement meetings.

Volunteers for the scheme will be sought at the next round of meetings across north east Fife, with training taking place over the winter.

Speaking at this year’s local policing plan launch, Chief Inspector John McDonald described the Community Speedwatch pilot in Cupar as a success.

He said: “The volunteers were trained and deployed into areas where there were speeding problems locally.

“All areas were evaluated by putting speed detection equipment on the ground before and after the trial.

“Mean speeds dropped in every single area.”

More than 30 people signed up to last summer’s Cupar trial.

Chief Insp. McDonald added: “The whole purpose of this was about changing behaviours.

“It has been very positively reviewed by the force.”