Jan 8 2013 by Andrew Brown, Formby Times
POLICE are seeking support to launch a Community Speedwatch scheme in the Formby area.
Formby, Birkdale and Ainsdale neighbourhood Inspector Jim Atherton is due to ask for £2,200 funding from Formby Parish Council and Formby Area Committee in order to fund portable signage and a Highly Visible Speed Indicator Display device to support the initiative.
The scheme would eventually be run entirely by community volunteers with support from Merseyside Police.
Inspector Atherton said: “The ultimate aim is to reduce the speed of vehicles in residential areas, initially using education at locations identified as hotspots.
“Merseyside Police will decide on the deployment of staff and equipment based on concerns raised via the Have Your Say Police priority setting process. It is envisaged that each ward will have one identified location.
“The operation will be a high visibility one, the idea being to slow people down and not to catch them out.
“In the longer term, this should make people slow down at given locations. If this does not succeed we reserve the right to move to conduct enforcement, which will not be signposted.”
Formby police officers are seeking funding to purchase a Highly Visible Speed Indicator Display (SID) device along with Community Speedwatch signage.
The SID does not record details of the vehicle or record data, and cannot be used for prosecution purposes.
If a vehicle is exceeding the speed limit, Speedwatch operatives will note down the registration number and speed of any vehicles exceeding the speed limit.
Inspector Atherton said: “The information about speeding vehicles will be passed on to the police. Advisory letters will be sent out in the first instance to the registered keeper.
“Should a vehicle come to our notice again, a second stronger warning letter will be sent out. If a third occasion arises, then a roads policing officer will call on the registered keeper and warned about the consequences of speeding and that proactive action may be taken to target them in the future.”