Community Speedwatch allows members of the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhoods.

It is used in areas where residents have identified speeding as a priority and aims to educate motorists about the dangers of speeding, rather than enforcing as a first option.

Last year the police’s Speedwatch volunteers sent out 7,613 letters for speeding in the county.

Chief Inspector for Community Safety Neill Waring hopes more volunteers will come forward across the county.

He said: “The mere presence of a team of volunteers in a village has an immediate effect on the behaviour of drivers and our teams report a notable change in driver attitude to speed limits where they operate.

“Most drivers will understand the objectives of the scheme is to slow drivers to or below the posted speed limit and for those that don’t respond accordingly, the registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the police, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.

“Any driver who accumulates more than two warnings will have a personal visit by a police officer asking them to respect the quality of life for the communities they drive through.

“These visits send a clear message to those that think it is OK to speed.”

Anyone can participate, volunteers must be 18 or over and full training will be given.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer, email speedwatch@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk