Police sign up water workers to flush out speeding motorists

SEVERN Trent Water has signed up to Staffordshire Police’s Community Speed Watch initiative in a bid to crack down on speeding motorists in Barlaston. 

Following a recent training session at Staffordshire Police HQ, employees working at the company’s Strongford Waste Treatment Works are now monitoring vehicles driving along Old Barlaston Road until Summer 2019. 
Armed with a radar device and log sheet, volunteers record details such as vehicle registration, make, colour and speed, which are then logged with the police and added to a central database. On the first and second instance of speeding the driver will be issued a warning letter, and if there’s a third time an officer will arrange a home visit. 
The Severn Trent Speed Watchers have been issued with roadside letters which explain to offenders they are representatives of the police and monitoring the roads on the force’s behalf.
Rob Bainbridge, member of the Strongford THP project management team, said: “We know that some of our larger projects, like making Strongford Waste Treatment Works more energy efficient can have an impact on the local community, and also recognise that traffic can become a concern. 
When we were given the opportunity to have Speed Watch training by Staffordshire Police, we were more than happy to get involved. The training was hugely beneficial and I’m really confident that now we’re members of the Community Speed Watch, we can really make the Old Barlaston Road a much safer place for us, the local community and all road users.” 
Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership was established in 2001 and took on the role of centralising Police Community Speed Watch. There are currently 56 active Community Speed Watch groups in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.