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Winterborne Whitechurch youngsters help police crack down on speeding drivers

By DavidBol  |  Posted: January 26, 2013

Year six pupils from The Dunbury Primary School, Winterborne Whitechurch with Chief Superintendent Colin Searle and the ‘no excuse’ road sign for the village

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A Dorset village turned out to help police officers tackle dangerous driving this week.

Dorset Police's 'No Excuse' team focused on issues raised by locals in Winterborne Whitechurch near Blandford.

In 2012, 350 motorists were caught speeding through the village with a 'No Excuse' sign put up to help slow down motorists.

While officers were in the village this week they targeted a 10-mile stretch of the A354 between the A35 Puddletown bypass and Blandford.

Many were caught driving over the speed limit and committing other traffic offences including driving with no MOT, driving while using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

Officers also stopped vehicles that had snow covering the windscreen.

'No Excuse' project manager Brian Austin said: "Having the full support of a small rural community is an important element of our road safety activity.

"We will continue to work together with our communities to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset's roads."

The 'No Excuse' sign will remain in the village, and will be updated by the Parish Council - indicating how many speed offences have been detected.

A speed data line was set up to investigate how fast vehicles travel in and out of Winterborne Whitechurch.

Dorset County Council Road Safety Manager Rob Smith said: It really is encouraging to see so many of the villagers turn out to support this event.

"Just remember - if you don't want people speeding through your community then make sure you don't speed yourself."

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