A community programme to tackle the scourge of speeding is looking to roll out in more locations across Dorset.

Speed indicator devices, or SIDs, are LED displays showing the speed each passing car is travelling at, with the aim of convincing speeding drivers to slow down. There are currently 22 SID schemes operating across Dorset - and another eight are planned this year.

Martinstown, near Dorchester, is the latest village to sign up to the speed-reduction programme and install a SID. The village's SID coordinator, Debbie Wiltshire, said Dorset County Council had been very helpful in explaining the process and getting the device up and running.

“We started to deploy our SID in February this year and it has provided a very effective visual reminder to drivers who are exceeding the speed limit," Ms Wiltshire said, "We received comprehensive training and guidelines to help us manage the deployments ourselves, safely.”

When operated for an approved deployment period, results show that vehicle speeds drop when driving past a SID.

Cllr Daryl Turner of DCC said that SIDs work by reminding drivers of the relevant speed limit.

"It’s often a lapse in concentration that means speed limits are exceeded, so this prompt is all it takes to bring speeds down,” Cllr Turner said.

Existing SIDs can be modified to become solar-powered, helping reduce the number of times batteries are changed and ensuring the SID is never out of use.

If your community is interested in using SIDs email sids@dorsetcc.gov.uk for more information.