Speeding Cumbrian drivers to meet their ‘victims’
Last updated at 14:59, Friday, 01 February 2013
Danger drivers caught speeding are going to be made to face those whose lives their crimes affect.
Speeding is one of the key concerns facing people in the patch covered by Brampton police, which includes Longtown and Dalston.
As part of the new clampdown, to run later this month, drivers caught committing minor motoring crimes will be able to choose between paying a fine or meeting those whose lives are affected by their driving.
It is hoped that it will make drivers face up to the consequences of their behaviour.
The initiative will also involve volunteers monitoring speeding through Brampton and two villages.
Inspector Dan St Quintin, who is in charge of the Brampton policing area, believes this is a pioneering approach.
He said: “This is the first time in the county, if not the country, where speeding has been treated as an anti-social behaviour issue.”
This scheme runs over three days in the half-term from Wednesday, February 13 to Friday, February 15. The speeding monitors will each spend a day in Brampton, Cumwhinton and Dalston.
Inspector St Quintin explained there were four reasons for this project.
These are, firstly, that the issue is one that concerns members of the communities served by the Brampton station; secondly, to treat speeding as anti-social behaviour issue; thirdly, to try to avoid penalising speeding drivers with fines, and finally, to get drivers to empathise with members of the communities they travel through.
“I live in a village and it really gets on my nerves when I see people speeding through it,” said Inspector St Quintin. “It must really get on the nerves of other as well and it is about time we sorted it out and did something about it to meet the concerns of our community.”
He added that any volunteer who speaks to speeding drivers will do so with a police officer present.
“We don’t want to hit people in the pocket if we don’t have to,” he added.
Speeding and road safety in general was an issue brought up as a concern by the public following surveys carried out by the Brampton policing team.
To volunteer to take part in the scheme, call Inspector St Quintin or Sergeant Alistair McCaig at Brampton police station on 101.
First published at 14:31, Friday, 01 February 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
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