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Bodenham Parish Council Notice

SPEEDING THROUGH BODENHAM!

Speeding through the Village and along our part of the A417 has been a problem for many years, with drivers choosing to ignore the speed limits even along tricky sections of road. Roads approaching our School, entry to the built-up areas where the roads narrow and where no footpaths exist are a real worry for us all. Residents have asked drivers to slow down, but certain drivers don’t seem to care.

For many years the Parish Council have owned and used a Speed Indicator Device and have recently reinvigorated our push for a Community Speed Watch Scheme and more permanent traffic-calming measures. Unfortunately, this takes a long time to achieve simply because of the huge legal processes we have to go through.

In an effort to use new technology to address an old problem, the Parish Council have approached West Mercia Police. They currently run OPERATION SNAP. This is supported nationally as a way of reporting and, where appropriate, advising or prosecuting for bad driving. Road users across West Mercia can report careless/ dangerous driving and road traffic incidents using digital footage from dashcams, mobile phones or other devices. Information can be found on the Police Website and is explained in full here:

https://www.westmercia.police.uk/police-forces/west-mercia-police/areas/west-mercia/campaigns/campaigns/2019/operation-snap/

The Parish Council is awaiting posters that will be placed throughout the Parish to encourage everyone to do whatever they can to record and submit photos/ videos of people who drive badly.

In addition to Operation SNAP, a new Speed Indicator Device is being considered, as a new device would be far more technologically advanced than the old one and may incorporate a photographic record of speeding. Strong efforts are continuing to overcome the hurdles we face with Community Speed Watch, and we’re still applying pressure for long-term, permanent traffic-calming.

With this multi-angled approach, the Parish Council are doing everything they can and we will keep you informed about our progress.
Please, use OPERATION SNAP and follow the clear guidelines from West Mercia Police. Help us to keep everyone safe.

Date: 06/12/2020

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