We are now in a position to be able to get the Community Speedwatch Scheme running and active in Monxton. So we now need volunteers – a minimum of 6 people and there is no maximum.
So if you would like to help ensure the speed limits within our parish are adhered to then please download the Volunteer Application Form for Speed Watch and then email it to Marcus Tebbutt-Ford, who is coordinating the volunteers at this stage.
What is Speed Watch?
Speeding continues to be a concern of many local communities in both rural and urban areas and the local community have an important role to play in educating drivers about this issue.
Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a locally driven initiative allowing members of the community to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. CSW schemes are supported by local policing teams with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds.
The scheme aims to cater for the problem of real or perceived speed related offending, and through partnership with the community it is to be used in circumstances that are necessary, justifiable and proportionate in order to:
- Reduce death and injury on the roads
- Improve the quality of life for local communities
- Reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit
- Increase public awareness of inappropriate speed
How does it work?
Speed Watch is a community scheme that can only take place in 20mph, 30mph and some 40 mph limits or zones.
The scheme will be managed by the local police Safer Neighbourhood Teams but run by volunteers. Volunteers will use equipment that can monitor the speed of passing traffic and record the details, later adding them to a database. Vehicle checks will be undertaken by the police and letters will then be sent to the registered keepers of those vehicles exceeding the speed limit.
Members of the community need to be registered with Hampshire Constabulary to join a scheme. This entails completing an application form (see download above) which contains questions to determine their suitability.
Volunteers may be given access to private information and police databases; therefore we need to ensure that we and other members of the public are protected. We can only measure this by vetting applicants.