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More Action on Speeding With New Community Speedwatch Van

November 16, 2018 1:02 PM

Mayor Dave Hodgson with Bedford Borough Council's Community Speedwatch VehicleThe range of measures introduced by Mayor Dave Hodgson to make Bedford Borough's local roads safer has been expanded further with the Council's new Community Speedwatch Vehicle now out and about on the Borough's streets.

Speeding is raised as an issue of concern by residents across the Borough as Mayor Dave talks to people across both urban and rural communities. That's why Bedford Borough Council was the first local authority in the country to introduce the more effective average speed cameras on local roads (none of the fines go to the Council), and it's why Mayor Dave has now introduced this new string to the Borough's bow in tackling speeding.

The van, which has been introduced in partnership with Bedfordshire Police, will travel around the Borough, with trained staff tracking the speed of vehicles. If a driver is speeding they will receive a warning through the post. They may also be visited by the Police, particularly if they are a repeat offender or are travelling at excessive speeds.

Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said "Speeding is consistently one of the biggest concerns people raise with me, in communities across the Borough. We have already introduced average speed cameras in a number of hotspot locations in response to local concerns. The Speedwatch vehicle will give us an additional, mobile means of responding to people's concerns and will enable us to cover a wide range of locations. We will be able to send the van out, be a presence on roads across the Borough and help make those roads safer for everyone."