Volunteers assist police with road safety operation


Local Community Speedwatch volunteers supported officers from Cheshire Police this week in an effort to improve road safety.

Operation Clearway targeted drivers who were drink and drug driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving, as well as using excessive speed and parking inappropriately or dangerously in the village.

During the operation, Speedwatch volunteers joined officers for two one-hour speed enforcement sessions on Wilmslow Road and on Brook Lane.

In total they recorded 97 vehicles exceeding the speed limit.

On Wilmslow Road 57 vehicles were speeding, with an average speed of 38mph and a top speed of 40mph. Whilst on Brook Lane 40 vehicles were speeding, with an average speed of 39mph and a top speed of 46mph.

Councillor Craig Browne said "I am campaigning for a pedestrian crossing on Wilmslow Road, to assist children from the Ryleys School in accessing their sports field more safely. The details collected during our speedwatch sessions help to provide evidence of the need for this as an important road safety scheme."

The speeding drivers will each receive an advisory warning from Cheshire Police.

Additionally, our PCSO Anna Jenkinson, also recorded eight speeding vehicles on Congleton Road, with the drivers receiving fixed penalties, and two tickets were given out on Congleton Road for parking opposite the single solid line.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Brian Etchells
Friday 14th September 2018 at 7:10 am
All very admirable but what about the ridiculous and dangerous parking by all the building contractors coming down the hill into the village just past the Edge itself.

Nobody seems to do anything about that.
Graham McLelland
Friday 14th September 2018 at 8:04 am
How about fast moving traffic on Ooakfield Rd Heywood Rd Elmfield Rd DaveyLane?
David Hadfield
Friday 14th September 2018 at 11:34 am
This whole subject "Local Community Speedwatch Volunteers" is a nonsense.
There should be a high enough budget for Police Officers to carry out this type of work …… if not, why not ?
Why are civilians volunteering for this work ?
As it is, these volunteers are just exacerbating the situation of too few Police Officers, instead of protesting about the lack of Police Officers !
The Council and Government just love these volunteers carrying out these sort of jobs as it hides reality and the fact we MUST have more Police Officers.
This job is the duty of the Police, not civilian volunteers.
David Hadfield
Friday 14th September 2018 at 12:02 pm
I'm not a speeding motorist, and hopefully never will be, (?) BUT I'd be pretty damned annoyed if "volunteers" tell me I've been speeding.
Leave these jobs to the people who are trained and are paid to do this officially, namely the Police Officers !!
Jon Williams
Friday 14th September 2018 at 3:31 pm
Volunteers use hand-held devices that tell them the speed at which drivers are travelling through their ‘patch’. When a driver is going a set amount above the speed limit – typically around 10% – the vehicle’s registration, make, model and colour are recorded.

A spreadsheet of the offenders’ details is then passed to the local police force, who are likely to also add them to a national database.

These schemes are predominantly about education, meaning no speeding tickets will be issued. Additionally, most schemes use equipment that is not of the correct specification, so issuing a penalty would not be possible on a legal footing.
Roy West
Saturday 15th September 2018 at 4:45 pm
Whilst we will all agree that we desperately need more Police Officers, we should all thank those volunteers who give up their time to try and make our village safer! Perhaps a 20 mph speed limit in the village might make drivers think.
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 18th September 2018 at 4:58 pm
If he doesn’t speed then David Hadfield has nothing to fear from volunteers. And just because they’re volunteers doesn’t mean they’re unqualified for the job. I for one am grateful to them.