Fighting speeding in Wiltshire and Swindon

Residents across Wiltshire and Swindon have been in touch to let me know about issues relating to speeding in their area. To save lives, and protect our communities, I'm determined to empower local communities with the tools they need to identify and discourage unsafe and illegal driving practices.

After reading about some work done by the community speedwatch team in Royal Wootton Bassett, I wrote this letter to the Gazette and Herald outlining my plans to tackle speeding as your next Police and Crime Commissioner. 


I was pleased to read of the efforts being made by the community speedwatch team in Royal Wootton Bassett in last week’s edition. Readers may be interested to hear that the issue of targeting dangerous speeders will be central to my campaign if I manage to get elected as Wiltshire’s next Police and Crime Commissioner in the Byelection to be held on the 19th of August.

What I will be bringing is a commitment to raise the issue of the use of community-owned intelligent speed cameras. From the work already undertaken in our county, it has been shown that this technology generates really useful intelligence not only on who speeds, but where they speed and what time they speed. I am not talking about those who may stray just a few miles an hour over the speed limit, but those who have been recorded driving in excess of 60mph in 30MPH zones. Clearly, these drivers who are often found to be uninsured, and un-taxed are a menace to other road users and to pedestrians and everything must be done to catch them and take them off the road.

Intelligent speed cameras, of which the Bath-based company Auto Speed Watch is one example, can help communities identify these criminals. However, up until now the offices of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable have been reluctant to engage with those communities that have employed such measures. If I am elected, I will ensure that they do. The intelligence collected can then be used by the Police’s own camera units to target the real criminals on our roads. I have already raised this as a member of the Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Panel, it will be a pleasure to see it implemented as policy.

Dr Brian Mathew

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Wiltshire and Swindon’s next Police and Crime Commissioner & Wiltshire Councillor for Box & Colerne


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