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Tackling the speed dangers

Villagers in Helmdon will be among those to take speed enforcement into their own hands when they take part in a pilot project.

The scheme is being operated in seven villages in Northants with the aim of getting communities tackling speeding problems in their own area.

The project has the support of the county council, the police and other groups in Northants.

Sergeant Darren Elliott, who heads the enforcement team at the county's safety camera partnership, said: "The concept of community speed watch is to involve the community more in tackling this major problem.

"The villages are asked to encourage their own residents to pledge to stick to the speed limit in their village and across the county.

"In return, we will supply them with the support and tools necessary to encourage slower and safer driving."

High visibility poster boards with a 'slowdown' message will be displayed in Helmdon, there will be regular visits from the safety camera team coupled with visits by a portable board which flashes at motorists who are driving too fast.

Banbury Guardian - 26th June 2003

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