Police in North Wales are calling on pensioners to help cut crime by arming them with speed guns.
It is the second time that this initiative has been put in place in the region where volunteers are able to clock drivers in 20, 30 and 40 mph zones – causing them to be sarcastically dubbed the ‘traffic Taliban’.
The idea was previously dropped due to un-popular views amongst motorists and led to a number of disputes. One resident cited civil liberties as a reason to shelve the plans.
Salli Roskilly told the Daily Mail: “None of us wants a society where we are spying on each other. There has never been a fatal accident here and I just could not see the justification for it.”
The scheme was started by former chief constable Richard Brunstrom who ordered a major clampdown on speeding in North Wales. Before he retired in 2009, Brunstrom's constabulary had caught nearly 60,000 people. Last year numbers had dropped to less than 38,000.
Elderly couple Marian and Bob Coates, 88 and 92 respectively, from Colwyn Bay said they had felt the full benefit from catching speeding motorists, telling the Daily Mail: “All we wanted to do is stop them going so fast down our road. We did it for several days and it definitely made drivers slow down.”
However, it was dropped due to a number of issues such as costs – which amounted to around £2,000. This pays for things such as detection equipment, signs to warn drivers and high-visibility jackets. Something which resident Rob Formstone agreed with, claiming it was a waste of money. He said: “They should use their money to get out of stations and investigate real crimes.”
Police are involved in picking out roadside sites for the volunteers and anyone caught speeding will be sent a warning letter from the Police.
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