Watch out - it’s 20mph here now

February 28 2014

MEMBERS of the community have been out on the streets in recent weeks, monitoring speeding vehicles in light of the new 20mph limit.

MEMBERS of the community have been out on the streets in recent weeks, monitoring speeding vehicles in light of the new 20mph limit.
Community speed watchers have been equipped with a pocket radar, which detects the speed of passing vehicles.
Any drivers spotted going over the 20mph limit will receive a warning letter. If the offender is caught speeding more than three times, they will receive a visit from a police officer to discuss speeding and any other vehicle offences.
The pocket radar costs a fraction of the previous guns, and police are willing to lend it groups where the street has been safety assessed - until then, a PCSO is required.
Martin Fodor, a Bishopston resident who has been involved in the scheme, said: "Most of the time vehicles reduce their speed once they see the high visibility jackets, but the device easily picks up moving vehicles at quite a distance.
"Speeding is getting more serious attention in local policing priorities, and the new campaign agreed with the mayor is that vulnerabilities need to be taken into account to protect cyclists and pedestrians."
He added: "It's worth communities getting involved and asking the police for assistance if they think there's a speeding problem [in their area]".
The official speed monitoring police car is now being sent out to main roads, plus local roads, where there is evidence of a speeding problem.
The limit was introduced to residential streets in Bishopston and Redland on January 20 as part of a citywide safety campaign.
The central area, which encompasses the two wards, is the first of six phases in the council's programme to reduce the speed limit.
For facts, maps and information on the new limits, visit: www.bristol20mph.co.uk.

Community speed watchers
Photo by: Martin Fodor