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Community volunteers wanted to catch speeding motorists

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​Police Scotland plan to use volunteers to warn speeding motorists in rural Scots' town

Dozens of volunteers are being recruited by Police Scotland to catch speeding motorists in a rural community.

Volunteers in Culbokie on the Black Isle will note the registrations of vehicles breaking the limit using a lamppost-mounted speed monitor.

It is thought to be the first initiative of its kind in Scotland with Police Scotland saying the scheme could potentially be rolled out to other communities.

Letters from the police will be sent to the motorists warning them of their driving behaviour.

Chief supt Julian Innes said: "The safety of individuals and communities is the number one priority for Police Scotland so it is excellent to have this level of community engagement and empowerment to provide support to our policing duties.

"It is hoped that drivers who are speeding will think again when they receive our letter."

He added: "Just by having a visible presence in the village, the volunteers will be reinforcing the speed safety messages for all road users."

Bruce Morrison, chairman of Ferintosh Community Council, which covers Culbokie, said the idea had come from the local community.

He said: "We see this as an effective way of helping ourselves to raise awareness of the issue of speeding in the village continuously over the next few months.

"Our hope and expectation is that the visibility of volunteers will reiterate the road safety messages and encourage us all to make any necessary changes to our driving."