81 speeding drivers caught out by Havering residents in first speed gun trial
07:00 19 October 2016
Volunteers armed with speed guns caught out 81 speedsters in a first of its kind operation in the borough.
Saturday’s launch was part of the Community Road Watch scheme which has been rolled out across various parts of the country, which allows members of the public to work alongside police using a speed gun to target speeding motorists.
Over the course of two hours, residents stood at the junction of Thurloe Gardens and Wheatsheaf Road, Romford, in high-vis jackets clocking motorists on the A1251.
Despite the visible presence, 81 vehicles were captured doing 34mph and over with the fastest car recorded at 52mph.
Traffic police community support officer Rob Brown said: “I’m never surprised, but the number does give cause for concern.”
Once speeds were captured, registration numbers of speeding vehicles were noted down.
All registered keepers of the vehicles will now receive a warning letter from the police about their speed.
With the scheme set to be rolled out across Havering twice a week, persistent offenders who are caught out by the gun three times can expect further action in the form of a mandatory speed awareness course.
Lisa Waller, 38, was one of the volunteers who took part on Saturday.
She said: “I wanted to give something back to the community and I think it’s a really good idea on trying to reduce the amount of drivers speeding on our roads.
“Speeding causes lots of accidents and I just think if you were a family member or friend of someone who had been the victim of someone speeding then you would want something done about it.”
With letters likely to already be in the post to those drivers caught out on Saturday, PCSO Brown has defended the scheme.
“It has nothing to do with making money, this is a purely educational operation that hopes to make motorists think twice about their speed,” he said.