Residents could help monitor speeding traffic in future

Ask SID: A motorist passes Barnsley Council's speed indicator device in Halifax Road, Thurgoland
Ask SID: A motorist passes Barnsley Council's speed indicator device in Halifax Road, Thurgoland
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A ‘community speedwatch’ campaign on trial in part of Barnsley could be repeated elsewhere if there is enough interest from residents wanting to get involved.

Councillors at Penistone Area Council were told the project – which uses residents to check traffic speeds under police supervision – is currently being trialled in the Dodworth area.

But they will not have to wait for that trial to conclude if they want to repeat the work in Penistone, the meeting heard, though it would rely on finding volunteers to take part.

That could be done through the community crime meetings held every month in the area.

Area council members were told police are doing their own work to tackle speeding traffic across both Penistone wards of Barnsley Council.

Community speedwatch work has been done elsewhere in the country, with drivers found to be exceeding the limit advised rather than fined.

Coun Dave Griffin said: “Community speedwatch is being trialled in Dodworth. It can be done in appropriate and safe areas of road.

“The police are very much involved in the safety of those taking part. It has been trialled elsewhere in the country and is now coming to South Yorkshire.

“I asked if we had to wait until the end of the Dodworth trial and have been told ‘no’, so we need anyone who is interested to come forwards.

Coun Hannah Kitching suggested the A628 at Millhouse Green may be an appropriate area for speed checks, where the road has a 40 mph limit on a stretch of road in the heart of the village.

Penistone Area Council is also to look at the possibility of buying a SID, or speed indicator device, as a means of encouraging drivers to abide by the limit.

One is currently in place in Thurgoland, operated by Barnsley Council, but has been put together from parts of obsolete devices.

A new unit would be able to record details of driver behaviour, to give police intelligence information about where enforcement action was needed most.