THE Endmoor Community Speed Watch Scheme has caught 156 vehicles speeding in its first six weeks of operation.

Since launching on April 16 volunteers have recorded motorists travelling at speeds of up to 54mph - well over the 30mph limit.

All drivers logged have received warning letters, and 80 per cent of them were found to live within 20 miles of Endmoor.

The scheme was set up in a bid to tackle concerns from Endmoor residents about speeding in their community.

It aims to highlight the problem by sending offending motorists letters telling them that they have been identified as exceeding the speed limit.

Fourteen volunteers have been trained by PC Kevin Jackson, a Kendal police officer in the Operational Support Unit, in the correct use of the laser gun.

The volunteers usually work in pairs to help each other accurately record the vehicle registration numbers.

Michael Roberts, a Police Support Volunteer who is administering the scheme, said: “We have been very pleased with the commitment of Endmoor residents to operate this scheme so effectively and enthusiastically.

“Of the 156 vehicles logged by these volunteers, none have been repeat offenders.

“I believe that this indicates drivers are modifying their driving behaviour to the benefit and improved safety of everybody living in Endmoor.”



Inspector Paul Latham, of Kendal Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are pleased to have worked with the community to address problems they have identified.

“The work carried out has indicated times when the largest volume drivers are likely to be exceeding the speed limit is also the time when pedestrians are most likely to be present.

“Enforcement work by police officers will take place targeting those who exceed the speed limit during those times, and offending drivers are likely to be prosecuted as opposed to receiving warning letters.”