Funding to tackle speeding in Cheshire East

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A speed prevention measure is set to be installed on a busy commuter road in Cheshire East thanks to funding from police and crime commissioner (PCC) David Keane.

The grant, from the Commissioner’s Community Police Fund, will be used to purchase a Speed Indication Device (SID) to be used in Arclid on the A50 and A534 roads.

It’s after the small community, which is in between Sandbach and Congleton, has seen an increase in speeding recently.   

SIDs encourage drivers to comply with the speed limit by measuring the speed of oncoming vehicles and displaying a ‘slow down’ message if drivers are exceeding the speed limit.

The device will connect to a computer to display the data of all the speeds collected and at which time of day vehicles passed the device. This data is then extremely helpful for documenting speeding concerns and working with the relevant agencies on more permanent solutions.

The parish council worked alongside their local policing team and dedicated PCSO Sue Holt to submit an application for funding from David Keane’s community policing fund.

The Community Police Fund is a new fund which has been made available to all 122 policing communities in Cheshire. Community police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been working with local residents and organisations to develop bids of up-to £1,000 to fund projects which address local issues.

The fund has been developed using money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA) 2002. It also links directly to the recently launched initiative to increase police visibility in every community by providing a dedicated Police Constable and PCSO for all 122 areas.

PCC David Keane said: “Speeding and road safety issues are a major concern for the majority of residents across Cheshire and road safety is a very emotive subject.

“That’s why I’ve made it my priority to make our roads safer. Although deaths and serious injuries on Cheshire’s roads have reduced by 38 per cent over the last five years, there’s always more we can do to make things safer for all road users and pedestrians.

“Speed indication devices help to improve road safety and inform future strategy.  They provide a sustainable approach to monitoring speed and are able to collect valuable insight.  They give road users visual, immediate feedback about their speed, encouraging them to slow down.

“I’m pleased that my Community Police Fund can help bring this device to Crewe and I thank the local community for working alongside their local police teams to improve community safety and confidence.”
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Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Head of Engagement and Policy, Police and Crime Commissioner)

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