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Special Constables were out in force last week aiming to tackle drivers who speed on the roads in and around Whitehaven.
On Saturday 7th April 2012, seven, Special Constables from the Copeland NPT ran a
Roads Policing Operation in the local area.
The aim was to target local ‘hot spots’ which are known for drivers to speed. The
areas had been highlighted in local community meetings and had been marked as a
priority area for policing.
Officers worked in areas in and around the Copeland NPT and did some speed
enforcement in St Bees, High Road in Whitehaven and various areas around
Specials Sergeant Nick Oliver, who organised the operation, said: “As Special
Constables we are here to assist our regular colleagues in targeting the local policing
priorities. The operation was designed with the community in mind to help them feel
safer in the area where they live.
“We found several vehicles speeding during the day and dealt with any offences. It
is important to remember that simple vehicles defects and speed can cause deaths
on the road. We want to reduce this wherever possible by working with our regular
colleagues and the general public. This operation was a huge success and we plan
to run another one again in the coming months.”
West Cumbria Special Constabulary Inspector Victoria Gee said: “I am delighted with
the outcome of the operation led by Nick and supported by Special Constables in
Copeland. This first operation was more about educating drivers on their speed, tyre
safety and the dangers it poses to other members of the public as well as the drivers
Special Chief Inspector Carol Reid said: "Following reports of speeding and traffic
issues from residents in the Whitehaven and the St. Bees area, a traffic operation
was organised by the Special Constabulary to target these priorities, and to educate
motorists on this occasion of speeding and the effects it has on the community.
“Special Sgt Nick Oliver and six special constables initiated the operation and from
the positive feedback that was received on the day from local residents this operation
will be utilised in other areas around the West of the county."
If you have any concerns about speeding in your local area, please contact your local
Neighbourhood Policing Team or speak to a Special Constable at Cumbria Police on 101.