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The following article dated 02/06/2016 has been taken from the North Star Twitter account.
Avoch to launch citizens speedwatch scheme
RESIDENTS in Avoch and Killen are following the lead of another local community council by starting a citizens’ speedwatch campaign.
Speeding vehicles have been causing great concern in the twin communities, particularly for parents, despite the best efforts of Police Scotland and Highland Council.
Recent speed monitoring has recorded a large number of motorists speeding in both villages.
After consultation with residents over many months, it has been decided to adopt a similar scheme to the one piloted in Culbokie last year which brought very positive results.
From May to July this year, volunteer Avoch residents, working in pairs, will observe vehicles passing the speed sign along the A832 at the west end of the village, travelling east.
Volunteers will wear hi-vis jackets and stand in a prominent position next to the "smiley face" speed sign. It is hoped this will encourage drivers to slow down coming into the village and be more attentive about not triggering the "sad face" sign.
The "sad" face sign is triggered by speeds of 31 mph or more.
The volunteers will record both the total numbers of vehicles and the number of those that trigger the "sad face" sign.
With residents observing traffic regularly and at random times over many months, campaigners believe that overall speeds will steadily reduce.
The volunteers will not be recording any information that could lead to the identification of specific vehicles. The initiative is designed to simply make all motorists think about their speed and no record is being made of any specific vehicle that triggers the sign.
If the initiative is successful in Avoch, it is hoped to extend it to Killen with the assistance of local residents.
Sarah Dunton, chairwoman of Avoch and Killen Community Council, said: "We hope motorists will slow down, think about the initiative and smile at the volunteers wearing their hi-vis jackets. We believe this is a friendly way to making our community safer. "Residents will provide that regular, long-term presence that complements Police Scotland’s activities perfectly."
If you believe that a similar initiative should be considered for Station Road, Conon Bridge, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words Speed Monitoring as the subject.