Group tackle speeding drivers in Cheshire

Image: (left to right) Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer, Cllr Steve Jones, Vice-Chair of ChALC Cllr Francis Tunney, Chair of ChALC Cllr Terry O’Neill and Chief Officer of ChALC Jackie Weaver

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, and the Cheshire Association of Local Councils (ChALC) have been working together to find solutions to speeding across Cheshire following a county-wide survey.

ChALC conducted a survey earlier this year in order to get an idea of how much speeding affects parishes and towns across the county. The exercise found that a number of areas were desperate to put permanent solutions in place in order to bring an end to long-running problems, and the group has been working closely with Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer and his office.

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “Speeding and dangerous road use is one of the main issues that the police have to deal with, so I am determined to do what I can to help local councils and communities across Cheshire combat this problem.

“People deserve to live in safe communities where drivers are conscientious and understand that we all share the road. Tackling this issue head on will make Cheshire a safer place for pedestrians, drivers and all road users.”

ChALC and the Commissioner have been discussing a variety of measures to address the concerns that have been raised and are hopeful that significant progress will be made soon. One possible solution being explored is expanding the use of average speed cameras across the county; a measure included in the Commissioner’s soon-to-be-published Police and Crime Plan.

John Dwyer added: “This issue is a key priority for me and that is clearly reflected in my Police and Crime Plan. I’m very clear that I want to work with organisations like ChALC to tackle speeding and make the biggest difference possible to communities across Cheshire.

“I look forward to seeing what ChALC and I can achieve together. It’s important for me to know what each community’s needs are, as well as the overall picture in the county, and working closely with the councils that represent them is the best way to bring about change.”

Terry O’Neill, Chair of ChALC said: “We are delighted to see that partnership in action is going to enable us all to work together for a better outcome for our communities. In areas where speeding has become nightmarish for residents I am sure this will be very much welcomed.”

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