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Police drive to target high-speed motorists

More police officers have been trained in the use of speedguns in response to increasing complaints of fast driving in and around Southwell.

The police district commander for Newark and Sherwood, Inspector Heather Sutton, told the Advertiser a long-term solution for the problem was being worked on.

Issues have been reported in Southwell itself, notably Lower Kirklington Road, Easthorpe, Westgate, Halam Road and Beaumont Avenue.

Officers in Southwell.
Officers in Southwell.

However, issues are also being reported in Upton, Wellow and some areas of Newark town centre.

Inspector Sutton commended district residents for being “the eyes and ears of the police” in reporting locations where speeding was an issue.

Inspector Sutton that extra officers had been trained in the use of speedguns.

Police mobile speed camera vans were also in greater use.

In areas such as Southwell, community speedwatch volunteers were also out and about.

“We are also working with highways on at-risk locations to see whether anything can be done to the environment to reduce the speeds it is possible for motorists to travel at,” said Inspector Sutton.

“We are also looking at developing other long-term solutions to this problem.”

Inspector Sutton warned motorists to watch their speeds or risk a ticket or a crash.

She said journeys should be avoided when tired or emotional. She also advised making use of features such as cruise control.

“I know that there is often criticism about the publication of the details of where the mobile speed cameras are going to be,” she said.

“There is evidence that publicising the locations has a positive influence on the speeds that people travel. This is an important issue.”

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