Hackney residents tackle speeding in their borough

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A new scheme has been launched in Hackney to help local residents tackle the problem of speeding in their borough.

Community Roadwatch has been developed by the Met Police and Transport for London (TfL) to give local residents the opportunity to work side by side with their local police teams to reduce speeding in residential areas.

Motorists recorded breaking the speed limit are issued with a warning letter, although those travelling at speeds that well exceed the limit can face a visit from the police.

Community Roadwatch was also launched recently in Barnet.

For the scheme’s launch in Hackney, a group of residents were joined by road safety officers, community safety officers and the police to check the speed of cars driving past Queensbridge School in Haggerston.

David Dode, one of the volunteers who took part in the session, said: “I am volunteering today to help make the roads safer.

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“I am a driver myself and I would say to other drivers, please read the road signs and make sure you go at 20mph. You must drive carefully, especially near schools.”

Sergeant Lee Bradley, who was on hand to show residents how to use the speed-detection-guns, said: “We are getting the people of Hackney to help us make their roads safer, we hope the scheme will make more residents aware of road safety.”

Hackney Council is looking for volunteers to join the initiative and work with the borough’s safer transport police team.

For more information, or to volunteer to take part, visit the Community Roadwatch website.

 

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