Hacheston: Speed watchers catch a vehicle breaking limit every five minutes

PCSO Christian Hassler with Community Speed Watch volunteers for Hacheston and Parham.

PCSO Christian Hassler with Community Speed Watch volunteers for Hacheston and Parham. - Credit: Archant

A team of volunteers clocked 20 speeding vehicles within the first two hours of their quest to cut the number of motorists exceeding the limit through their villages.

The Hacheston and Parham Community Speed Watch (CSW) group recorded one car travelling at 50mph in the 30mph stretch of road between the A12 and Framlingham.

The group recorded one speeding vehicle every five minutes on their first two outings – first in Hacheston for 45 minutes and then in Parham for just over an hour. The average speed of the 20 drivers caught exceeding the limit was 39mph.

Howard White, volunteer organiser of the Hacheston and Parham CSW, said: “Speeding is a problem in both directions of this road. Some drivers just whip through.

“I think we have already proved there is a problem. Everyone who lives here knows it – the question is how we go about stopping it.

“Some people think it is acceptable to speed, but we feel it’s actually as dangerous as drink-driving or using a mobile phone while driving.

“People can see us in our fluorescent jackets and I think the effect has already been quite dramatic.”

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The county’s first CSW scheme was launched in Blythburgh in 2009.

Volunteers are trained to use speed detection equipment and carry out checks. Any driver caught speeding is contacted by the police with a warning and advice. Officers may use information to investigate drivers caught repeatedly breaking the law.

Last week, we reported how volunteer community speedwatch members in Suffolk catch more than 8,500 speeding drivers in just 12 months.

To join Hacheston and Parham CSW, email 30mphspeedwatch@gmail.com.

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