BRAUNTON is to become one of the very first places in the country to officially fly the flag for the new Community Speedwatch road safety initiative.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) Devon County Council and the local police will unveil new road signs along the Saunton Road area to show the voluntary scheme is in force.

Six volunteers were recruited for Braunton back in the summer. They have been trained by the police and can then operate Community Speedwatch at agreed sites in their neighbourhood.

A register of vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit is kept and entered onto a database held by the police. Speeding drivers are sent warning letters and persistent offenders are targeted by the police for prosecution.

The new signs, designed by the County Council and Devon and Cornwall Police, display an eye and a car and the message Speedwatch Area. Although they are yet to be approved by the Department for Transport they could eventually be rolled out to other counties if successful.

“It was established that Braunton residents’ main concern in their community was speeding motorists,” said PC Nick Rowell at Braunton Police Station.

“This prompted us to initiate Community Speedwatch and in the New Year we recruited and trained six volunteers to run the scheme. Their dedication towards working with us to improve the safety of our roads is commendable.

“With our main concerns being Saunton Road and Wrafton Road the permanent signs provided by the county council will hopefully give motorists adequate warning their speed is being monitored and we will follow up any offences of speeding in these areas.”