Worried young driver promises to cut speed

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COMMUNITY Speed Watch volunteers in Westham proved their worth recently.

The team were checking speeding vehicles and recorded a young man exceeding the limit.

After a short time the man returned to the volunteers extremely concerned that he would receive penalty points on his licence.

He explained he had only had his licence for two months and didn’t want to incur any penalty points. He promised to observe the speed limits in future.

Bev Garner, coordinator for Westham Community Speed Watch, said “We often have villagers thanking us for trying to slow drivers down through the village but very rarely from the drivers themselves, so it was encouraging one young lad may now go on to be a safe and considerate driver in the future.”

Wealden’s District Commander Chief Inspector Dick Coates said, “Community Speed Watch volunteers are important in helping us make Wealden’s roads safer. The volunteers give up their time for free to ensure that their neighbourhoods are kept safe. It is extremely gratifying to hear that they are making such a positive impact.”

Anyone who would like to set up a community speed watch in their town or village should email the Wealden community road safety officer, PCSO Iain Tomsett, at iain.tomsett@sussex.pnn.police.uk for more information.