Kent

Mid-Kent villages target speeding drivers

A crackdown on drivers speeding through villages across mid-Kent is under way as part of a day of action by police and volunteers.

Seventeen Speedwatch schemes have deployed volunteers to highlight the problem.

The Speedwatch schemes are set up through parish councils and are endorsed by police.

Offenders are sent a warning letter and receive a fine if they are caught speeding again.

The volunteers monitor vehicles passing through their villages and hand details of speeding cars to police.

Pc Warren Jarvis, of Kent Police, said: "Members of the scheme really care about their community and about their quality of life. We want to remind people that speed limits are there for a reason - to save lives."

Mid-Kent Speedwatch assistant Malcolm Buller, who coordinates volunteers on the roadside, said: "We've noticed an enormous difference in the behaviour of traffic that goes past us.

"As soon as they see the high visibility jackets, there is a checking of the speed of the vehicle by the driver."

"Even if there are drivers that are law-abiding, they can lose their concentration when driving. So the more often we can get out there, the more we can show the public that the parish cares about the environment they are living in."

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