A new hi-tech camera is being rolled out to catch speeding drivers around Tendring.
The Trucam, costing £8,500, has been bought by the Tendring Community Safety Partnership (CSP) for use by Essex Police. The force is funding ongoing calibration and running costs.
Officers, working in partnership with Community Speed Watch groups, can use the device to enforce speed limits in towns and villages.
Previous cameras could only be used to pull over and advise speeding motorists. However, the new device can be used by Essex Police to automatically send out fixed penalty notices to offenders.
Trucam also captures video and still images of drivers, not only to provide additional evidence if a motorist says they were not at the wheel, but also to detect other offences such as not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone while driving.
Inspector Darren Deex, from the Tendring Community Policing Team, said the device allowed his officers to address an issue raised by residents.
“We have listened to concerns from local residents and feedback from community meetings, where speeding is a recurring theme,” he said.
“Led by PCSO Julia Brandon, this allows us to support our Community Speed Watch groups and take enforcement action, which we could not do before.
“This is a positive step and I have no doubt it will help reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads in our district.”
Frank Belgrove, chairman of Alresford Parish Council and a member of his village’s Community Speed Watch group, welcomed the new equipment.
“A recent survey in the village found 78% of people were concerned about speeding, and a study on Wivenhoe Road found 60% of drivers broke the limit, so this is important to us,” he said.
“I don’t think Alresford is worse than any other village, but it is an issue we want to do something about, and we know Community Speed Watch has an impact.
“The new camera is a tremendous piece of kit, and can work in low-light meaning we can be proactive during those dark, winter rush hours and not just in the summer months.”
Lynda McWilliams, chairwoman of Tendring CSP, added that projects such as these were what the partnership was about.
“The CSP brings together community groups, police and other authorities to tackle a wide range of public safety issues, and as a group it can also unlock funding for equipment such as this Trucam device,” she said.
For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.