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Bradford Neighbours Help To Tackle Speeding Motorists

Residents in Bradford District have teamed up with local police and Bradford Council to help take action against speeding motorists.

The Bradford Neighbourhood Watch group has used funding from the Community Safety Partnership to purchase a Speed Indicating Device (SID) to be used in a new scheme called Neighbourhood Speedwatch.

The aim of Neighbourhood Speedwatch is to record data from locations across Bradford District which have been highlighted by Neighbourhood Watch groups as roads where residents are concerned about speeding motorists.

This data will be shared with the community and used by local officers and partners to consider enforcement operations on roads where speeding is apparent.

Speedwatches have taken place in Eldwick and Great Horton so far and there are plans to hold more across Bradford District this summer and beyond.

NPT Support Inspector Nick Haigh, said:

“Speeding is one of the major contributory factors in road collisions and this initiative gives our Neighbourhood Watch groups the opportunity to work with us and partners to tackle the issue in their area.

“The device shows the speed of each oncoming vehicle and is able to calculate the average speed over the length of a Speedwatch, as well as show the highest and lowest speeds recorded during each session.

“We are committed to working in partnership to reduce speeding on the district’s roads and hope that these operations demonstrate to our communities that we are listening and acting upon local concerns.”

Councillor Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said:

“We have to do all we can to reduce the number of road collisions and casualties across the district.

“By using the new Speed Indicating Devices we hope to remind drivers to be aware of the speed they are driving at, which should then reduce the likelihood of accidents.”

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