A new form of neighbourhood watch is underway in Dorset
for residents concerned about speeding vehicles.
Speed Watch (CSW) gives local communities the opportunity to get
actively involved in road safety.
Speed Watch can be set up in villages, towns
or urban areas to discourage drivers and motorcyclists from
speeding. Dorset Police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) liaison
officers can assist groups in setting up by providing practical
advice and support.
Like other watch schemes, Community Speed
Watch groups are set up and run by volunteers – there are currently
12 groups in Dorset.
Community Speed Watch groups use hand held
devices to record and monitor details of motorists seen speeding
and can also note drivers using a mobile phone or not wearing seat
belts. The police then send warning letters to these motorists.
Acting Assistant Chief Constable Martin Hiles
said: “Through our neighbourhood Partners and Communities Together
(PACT) panels we have seen a real appetite from communities to get
involved in road safety in their areas. Community Speed Watch is a
great opportunity to harness this support and turn it into positive
“Road safety remains a Force priority and one
of our aims, particularly through our hugely successful ‘no excuse’
campaign, has been to educate the public and change driver
behaviour and Community Speed Watch very much supports that.
“As well as drivers receiving a warning letter
about their driving behaviour, the information provided to us by
groups enables our traffic officers, safer neighbourhood teams and
Dorset Road Safe to identify problem areas and repeat speeders
against whom we will take further action if necessary.
“It also supports the continued work of the
Dorset Road Safe partnership by focusing on the ‘fatal four’
elements in road traffic collisions – speeding, driver
distractions, not wearing a seat belt and drink driving.
“We are very grateful for the support of our
communities and look forward to the continued development of
Community Speed Watch in Dorset.”
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Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn
Underhill, said: I am delighted to see Community Speed Watch come
to Dorset. Speeding is a concern in most towns and villages and
although regular checks are conducted in the county, this
initiative empowers communities to work together with the police to
make their neighbourhoods safer.”
The Association of Dorset Watches is working
together with Dorset Police to manage the provision of kits to
groups. These kits include a speed measuring device, hi-vis
jackets, signage to inform road users they are in a CSW area and a tally counter to
record the number of vehicles passing through.
Chairman of the Association of Dorset Watches,
John Shave MBE, said:
“Community Speed Watch is great news for towns and villages across
Dorset where speeding is an issue. It gives affected communities
the ability to influence driver behaviour in their areas and
support the police.”
If you wish to participate in Community Speed Watch,
please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team to
find out if a scheme already exists or to initiate the set-up of a
new scheme. Visit http://www.dorset.police.uk/
for more information and Safer Neighbourhood Team contact
Issued: 5 August 2013