Road-safe residents donned high-vis jackets and learnt to use hand-held speed cameras as part of a scheme designed to deter drivers from speeding in Brent.
On Thursday, a handful of safety-conscious residents were met by Police Community Support Officers outside Fryent Primary School, Church Lane, for the launch of the road safety initiative in the borough.
The Community Roadwatch scheme has been developed by The Metropolitan Police and Transport for London (TfL), and gives local residents the opportunity to work side by side with their local police teams to reduce speeding in residential areas.
John Govier, 70, from Elthorne Road in Kingsbury said:
“I often see cars speeding in this area, and with the school over the road and a park next door, I am really concerned for the safety of the young children.
“I think that this scheme will make a real difference in slowing down the cars driving on the roads around here and will hopefully make drivers think twice before ignoring the speed limit.
“If this can even stop one accident from happening, then it’s absolutely worth all the time and effort being put in to the initiative by the police and local residents.”
This initiative will be rolled out in areas identified as being hot spots for speeding and road traffic accidents, and we welcome suggestions of potential locations from local residents, schools and community groups.
By encouraging residents to get actively involved in monitoring the speeds of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods, the scheme aims to encourage positive behaviours by educating drivers about the dangers of speeding, rather than prosecuting them for speeding offences in the first instance.
Motorists recorded breaking the speed limit will be issued with a warning letter, although those travelling at speeds that well exceed the limit could face a home visit or immediate action from the police. This information will help the local police teams and Transport for London assess future traffic and policing strategies in the area.
Cllr Ellie Southwood, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“This is a brilliant way of empowering residents to do something about speeding traffic where they live and help make the roads in Brent safer for everyone.
“This initiative is about education, not enforcement, and we hope that by working with the local community to encourage drivers to watch their speed, we will see fewer accidents and speeding offences in the borough.
“Improving road safety is a high priority for residents and especially for parents of young children. This is a great example of partnership working between residents, the police and the council that I hope will make a real difference.”
If you would like to take part in Community Roadwatch, or to suggest a residential area where there are community concerns around speeding, email firstname.lastname@example.org.