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Speeds traps set by your neighbours!

Motorists will face amateur speed traps run by local volunteers in villages and towns across the country in the New Year. Volunteers will be supplied with speed detection equipment to identify drivers exceeding limits in their area.

Drivers caught breaking limits by ‘community speed watch groups’ will have their number plates checked on the police national computer and will be sent warning letters by police forces. They can be targeted for prosecution if they receive three letters.

Motoring organisations have warned that the scheme risks setting neighbour against neighbour and that some trial schemes were abandoned after disputes between local people. It is always thought that speeding offenders are mysterious unknown people passing through the village when in fact the people operating these cameras find themselves pointing the radar guns at friends and neighbours.
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