SPEED gun-wielding volunteers will be hitting the streets next week in a bid to catch the speeding motorists who blight their communities.
Trained members of the public, police officers and traffic wardens will be out and about across north east Fife during two ‘days of action’ on Monday and Tuesday.
They will be targeting drivers who flout the speed limit in towns and villages throughout the Cupar and Howe of Fife council wards.
Jennie Hughes, a community speedwatch volunteer in Cupar, told the Fife Herald she was inspired to sign up out of concern for people’s safety.
She said: “It just seemed like a good way of bringing home to people the fact that they are part of their communities.
“People in the community need to feel safe, and we are all responsible for that safety.
“We have good fun doing it, and the range of expressions we get from passing motorists is quite entertaining.
“What we find is that there are a lot of people who speed.”
Most communities in the two wards will be targeted at some point during the two days of action, including Cupar, Cuparmuir, Springfield, Ceres, Craigrothie, Pitlessie, Dairsie, Ladybank, Auchtermuchty, Strathmiglo, Dunshalt, Falkland, Freuchie, Newburgh and Dunbog.
There will be a focus on 20mph speed limits outside primary schools, as well as busy A-roads such as the A92 and A914.
PC Davey Johnstone, who is co-ordinating the operation, said: “It’s a community, partnership-based approach to tackling speeding.
“As police officers, we go to community meetings in towns and villages every second month to hear from members of the public.
“There is a common theme at these meetings that there is a problem with speeding across north east Fife.
“This is a big effort to reduce speeding and hopefully we can get the message out there.”
PC Johnstone urged members of the public to join the community speedwatch scheme by contacting their local police station.
Cupar councillor Margaret Kennedy commented: “I welcome these two days of action planned by the police in partnership with the communities and other agencies.
“Particularly it is good to see community speedwatch once again playing an active part.
“I very much hope that this exercise will encourage other residents to put themselves forward to participate.”