You have been warned! Monxton Community Speed Watch starts this week.
Remember – it’s a LIMIT not a TARGET!
What is Speed Watch?
Speeding continues to be a concern of many local communities 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 or 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 40mph limits or zones.
The scheme will be managed by the local Police 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 registered keepers of those vehicles exceeding the speed limit. The letter will tell the registered keeper that the vehicle was exceeding the local speed limit, how this affects the community and will ask them not to do speed again in the future. If the same registration is logged again within 12 months the owner will receive a warning that if the vehicle is seen speeding a third time the details will be passed on to a Police Officer who may take further action.
Commercial vehicles or vehicles that belong to companies will have a separate letter sent to the local transport manager and the Roads Policing Unit will be made aware.
How do I volunteer?
We would like more volunteers for Monxton’s Community Speed Watch, so if you can spare some time occasionally then please get in touch by email. Volunteers must be aged at least 17 and you will need to complete a form and vetting process which can take up to six weeks to clear. Specialist training will be given to volunteers.
Where will the detection unit be located?
CSW locations have been suggested by the local community and sanctioned by Hampshire Constabulary’s Safer Roads Officers and a risk assessment has been done for the locations.