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NEWS EXTRA: East Hampshire's residents crackdown on speeding drivers

Photo credited to Matthew Hutchinson

People in East Hampshire are volunteering to make their roads a safer place.

There is a new 'Speedwatch' scheme in Petersfield, where residents use speed-measuring technology from the roadside and record those driving illegally.

The motorists then receive a letter from the Police, explaining why they should not speed in the area.

If caught driving above the speed-limit three times - by any Speedwatch volunteering group - Hampshire Police visit the motorist's home and discuss their dangerous behaviour.

The initiative has been funded by grants from both District and County Councillors, with 42 residents currently signed-up in Petersfield.

We joined them on Pulens Lane:

There are now over 100 local community Speedwatch schemes across the county and Councillor Julie Butler, Deputy Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said: “I’m so pleased that so many people have volunteered their time to be part of this scheme.

“The campaign is all about educating people and creating safer driving habits.

“By changing people’s behaviour and making them be more aware of their speed and surroundings, the ultimate goal is that there will be a reduction in accidents and an improvement in safety for all residents of Petersfield.”


Photo credited to Matthew Hutchinson


The Breeze spoke to Barry Lucas - he says it is about informing motorists, rather than punishing them.

Community Speedwatch schemes have now been running across Hampshire for over 10 years, with local residents looking to be proactive in educating unsafe drivers.

For 2018, Hampshire Constabulary reported 58 road deaths - a 35% rise on the previous year - and 972 serious injuries in the county.

Barry Lucas - who helps to run the Petersfield project - told us why it is a worthwhile endeavour: "There's a lot of speeding in the whole neighbourhood, on various roads throughout the town.

"Essentially if we can get people to slow-down, job done!"


Maria Jolliffe told us why residents give up their time for the cause - she coordinates the initiative for Hampshire Police.

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