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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 November, 2004, 05:27 GMT
Volunteers to man speed cameras
Volunteer with speed camera
Civilian volunteers are being trained to use speed guns
A new weapon in the fight against speeding motorists was unveiled in Yorkshire with members of the public volunteering to wield speed guns.

The controversial scheme is being pioneered in Keighley and will mean volunteers will receive training in how to use the guns.

Drivers logged by the new civilian task force will have their details passed to the police and get warning letters.

Repeat offenders could face further police action and a fine.

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Insp Tony Walker of West Yorkshire Police said: "Once we get a report from a member of the public the procedure is that we will make an assessment so that we will decide which is the best area to deploy Speedwatch.

"We will then send a team out and they will monitor the road traffic speed."

The details of any vehicle caught speeding will be recorded by the volunteers and forwarded to police.

Repeat offenders will get two written warnings before any further action is taken.

Speed gun volunteer Barbara Davy said: "Speeding is an important issue. It's dangerous, it really does affect the community.

"I think we need to do something about it. It's not a victimless crime."

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