POLICE and traffic officers have been undertaking a series of speed checks across Wrexham and Flintshire to trial a new 20mph enforcement scheme.
The checks were carried out on the 20mph Montgomery Road in Wrexham on Tuesday and similar operations were carried out in Flintshire on Wednesday, including checks in Shotton and Rhyl.
Instead of handing out fines for exceeding the 20mph limit, drivers were given the option to fill out a questionnaire on the spot to help gauge how a speed awareness scheme – which it is hoped will be rolled out in late November – can help drivers.
Currently there is no speed awareness scheme available for drivers caught speeding in 20mph zones but NWP, in partnership with forces in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Nottingham, are conducting the survey which will be passed onto a police think-tank to compile the 20mph awareness course.
Speaking while officers used speed guns to log the speed of passing vehicles in Caia Park, Sgt John Roberts said: “We are trying to find out why drivers are speeding and at which points in the road. Unsurprisingly all the drivers we’ve pulled over in Wrexham today have chosen the option to speak to one of our officers rather than be handed an on-the-spot fine.
“Some road users are saying they aren’t aware the road is a 20mph zone and nearly everyone has said they would choose a speed awareness course over a fine or points.
“At the end of the day this exercise is about making our roads safer by finding out the reasons why people exceed the limits.
“We are hopeful the 20mph speed awareness courses will be available on an optional basis for forces nationwide from the end of November.”