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Press Release

Speedwatch Week

Date: 4 September 2017

Speeding and dangerous driving is being tackled during a new Speedwatch Week campaign in Brentwood this week.

The action is taking place during the first week of the new school year from Monday 4 to Friday 8 September at different locations around the Borough.

The Community Speedwatch schemes involve trained volunteers monitoring the speeds of vehicles with approved, hand-held speed measurement devices. If they are over the speed limit a letter is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle by the police advising them of the speed limit for that stretch of road and asking them to reduce their speed when driving in the future.

The scheme allows the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood and is used in areas where residents have raised concerns.

Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Community, Health and Housing Committee, Councillor Chris Hossack, said: “This week our roads are going to get noticeably busier again as children return to school, so we need to be vigilant and get the message out about the importance of road safety especially with lots of children and pedestrians around.

I am very grateful to the volunteers who have pledged their time to help improve safety on Brentwood's roads this coming week and ensure a smooth and safe transition back into the new school term.”

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Speedwatch has had a new lease of life in Brentwood and is being trialled in new areas in Ingatestone, Warley and Pilgrims Hatch.

For more information about Speedwatch, please see: http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=2598

Media Contact: Safira Ali

Tel: 01277 312895

Email: safira.ali@brentwood.gov.uk