Roads in and around Nottingham city centre are set to become safer with multiple speed limits being changed to 20mph next year.
Certain roads will be changed by Nottingham City Council to make areas more safe and friendly to the public.
This is backed by Nottinghamshire Police’s new scheme which gives community members more control over speeding limits. Nottinghamshire Police will ask for volunteers from the public to help enforce it.
They will be giving training and high tech equipment to the members of the public who want to participate in this plan, which could see them handling interactive signs and using speed guns. It is set to be introduced by early 2015.
Nottinghamshire Police Chief Inspector, Andy Charlton, revealed that the communities will have a big role in the scheme as police numbers are limited.
“Community road safety is actually all about enabling the community to help themselves. This is where the police are going to provide equipment and training and resources, but the ultimate ambition is for the community to take responsibility for their own streets if you like.
“The police numbers are dwindling, there are a decreasing amount of officers and the demands are on the rise. It’s forcing a new conversation between the police and the communities they serve, about enabling civilians to do more in their community.
“There is no enforcement by prosecution, but it is visible enforcement in the sense of reminding drivers that it’s the community who are bothered about what’s going on here, so lower the speeds down,” he said.
Nottinghamshire Police Chief Inspector, Andy Charlton, states that lowering speed is vital.
Despite the fact that the public will be in charge of the operation, Andy Charlton was keen to express that the police will still be available for support.
“What we want is for our communities to be taking more responsibility for their own areas but supported by the police and other agencies as well.
“Police enforcement will still be there as an option if the local teams identify issues, there’s still going to be a policing element to this.”
The operation is dependant on public involvement, helping to slow drivers down and decrease the risk of an incident and casualties on the road.
The figures for Nottinghamshire look promising even before this scheme takes place. According to Andy Charlton, last year Nottinghamshire had the biggest reduction of road casualties, killed or seriously injured, in the entire UK, achieving a 20.2% decrease.
The Department of Transport have recently released new figures into road safety for the whole of the UK, and will be releasing another report in February 2015.