Barnwood councillors join road safety battle
SPEED awareness is taking on new importance in Barnwood and Abbeydale as community groups get trained-up to use roadside radar.
It's part of a bid to clamp down on irresponsible drivers. Barnwood councillors Lise Noakes and Tarren Randle signed up to a short course on how to use road safety devices with the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership.
The scheme joins police with the fire service and county council in a combined effort to tackle dangerous drivers.
Gary Handley, from the partnership, said training is about educating communities on road safety importance.
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"Hand-held radar is a wonderful piece of equipment and is helping keep communities safe," he said.
"It is not confrontational, but a good way to gather information.
"We provide communities with the equipment so they can asses problems areas.
"Sometimes it is more of a perception of speed than a speeding problem."
Police Inspector Jason Keates says the scheme is getting more popular since its April launch. "Particular speed spots are along Abbeymead Avenue and near Coney Hill Rugby Club," he said.
"With this programme, the community can get an idea of speeding areas and if they have a concern, can then come to us with their ideas on how to deal with it."
Calls have also been made to bring down speed limits in a bid to greater reduce the risk posed by drivers going too fast.
Cllr Noakes said: "Some areas would benefit from a reduction in the speed limit to 20mph."