Speeding drivers will be targeted

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 February 2015

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DRIVERS who regularly speed along a busy Portishead road could soon be caught out by volunteers keen to clamp down on the dangerous problem.

For years, the issue of speeding in Avon Way has been cause for concern for residents who fear the possibility of someone being killed or seriously injured.

The road runs from West Hill down a steep hill to the High Street, resulting in many vehicles regularly breaking the 30mph limit.

Now, more volunteers are being sought to join Portishead’s Speed Watch scheme which will begin monitoring traffic in Avon Way from the spring.

Speed Watch members log details of vehicles caught breaking the limit before the police then send a warning letter to the driver.

This is different to the work of the Safety Camera Partnership, which will normally result in speeding drivers being prosecuted. In November, the partnership caught five drivers speeding in Avon Way, 31 in December and 38 in January.

Avon Way speeding was discussed at a meeting of the town’s PACT committee on Thursday, attended by members of the police and local councils, when it was confirmed a safe location had been identified for the Speed Watch group to work in Avon Way.

PACT chairman Nick Gough said: “It is about awareness, not just about prosecuting people.

“The more people we have, the more resources we have got to work with. If we get more members, then we could split into two teams and get another camera to use in the town.”

Repeated calls were made at the meeting for more to be done to lobby for either a fixed safety camera or traffic calming measures in Avon Way. However, previous queries to North Somerset Council have proved unsuccessful.

As a result, Mr Gough has said he will work with representatives of the council and the police to collate what data there is regarding speeding and accidents in Avon Way, in the hope of using it to strengthen the case for traffic calming measures or a speed camera to be installed.

Anyone wishing to volunteer for the Speed Watch scheme should contact North Somerset PCSO Gary Lewis by emailing gary.lewis@avonandsomerset.police.uk

More information can also be found online at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk and searching for Speed Watch.

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