20 April, 2016
bpha has partnered with Bedfordshire Police to tackle speeding in the local area.
Every year, over 300 people are seriously injured by dangerous driving in Bedfordshire, and bpha residents have raised road safety as a major concern. To help make our roads safer, bpha has provided nine employee volunteers to undertake Community Speed Watch sessions.
Community Speed Watch allows active members of the public to monitor how fast vehicles are travelling with speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds.
In the last week, bpha employee volunteers checked the speed of 1,277 vehicles – 22 of which were over the speed limit. Those over the speed limit have been contacted by the Police.
bpha employee volunteer Greg Cox said: “Our residents have been concerned about speeding in Bedford, so I’m delighted that bpha is pro-actively helping to make our roads safer. We have received some really positive feedback from local residents, who thanked us for volunteering our time for what they see as a worthwhile initiative.”
Chief Inspector Neill Waring of Bedfordshire Police said: “Schemes like Speed Watch are driven by volunteers, and it’s fantastic to have volunteers from bpha on board helping to educate motorists and raise awareness of the dangers of speeding. Bedfordshire Police can’t tackle crime alone, and so working alongside our partners like this is vital in helping us protect people, fight crime and keep Bedfordshire safe.”
bpha will continue to support Bedfordshire Police with Community Speed Watch throughout the spring as part of their 25th Anniversary employee volunteering scheme, which has given all employees the opportunity to engage with and support local communities.