Volunteers are being called upon to help catch speeding drivers.

Police in Hertfordshire have launched a new campaign in a bid to make the roads around the county safer.

Throughout this week, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit will work alongside Community Drivesafe, a scheme set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd to give the public an opportunity to deter speeding drivers in their community.

Community Drivesafe volunteers use speed detection equipment at the roadside to monitor passing motorists at dangerous driving hotspots.

Once a speeding driver has been detected, an advisory letter is sent by the scheme and the driver’s details are passed on to the police.

Drivers who repeatedly speed through the area can expect a visit from a police officer.

Mr Lloyd said: “I have been committed to tackling speeding and anti-social drivers in the county since I was first elected and I welcome this campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding drivers across Hertfordshire.

“Just a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. I urge all drivers to think about their driving habits and keep to the appropriate road speed limits.

“My DriveSafe scheme is about empowering local people who want to make a difference to the community in which they live to make roads safer for everyone. It has been extremely effective in encouraging drivers who break the speed limit to do the same. I am grateful for all the work they do and thank them for getting on board with this campaign.”

During the week, RPU officers will support community action groups across Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire in order to reiterate the message that speeding is not acceptable.

RPU Inspector Chris Huggins said: “Volunteer-led community groups such as Community Drivesafe provide vital information that allows officers to determine where the problem areas are for speeding whilst identifying the most prolific offenders.

“Throughout this planned week of action, officers will be joining community speed-monitoring groups such as Community Drivesafe to reiterate the significance of the work they do and to remind motorists that community voluntary work is a valued resource for the police.”

For more information and to find out how to set up a Drivesafe group in your community, visit: hertscommissioner.org/community-drivesafe-scheme-hertfordshire