Community Speed Watch

Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a partnership initiative that is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging speed reduction.  Reducing speed will directly contribute to help saving lives and will improve the quality of life for people within the County. It is an opportunity for you to get involved in making the roads safer where you live.

Speed is a major factor in about a third of all traffic collisions.  Each year, in excess of 700 people die and more than 4,500 are injured nationally as a result of speeding.

Dorset Police is committed to reducing the numbers of those killed and seriously injured through road collisions each year. Speed is one of the fatal four main contributory factors to road collisions. The others being drink driving, use of mobile phone whilst driving and failing to wear a seat belt.


How does Community Speed Watch work?

  1. Each Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) area will have a CSW Liaison Officer. 
  2. This officer can either pro-actively recruit members of the community to take part in CSW and / or they will receive requests from the public to initiate a CSW in a given area. 
  3. Details of the people taking part in CSW will then be passed to the Vetting Department for Police Assurance Checks to be carried out.
  4. Once the checks have been satisfactorily completed, the Liaison Officer can provide training to the members of the public in the use of the speed checking equipment and give advice on where it can be used.
  5. As and when the CSW Team carry out speed checks, they will record how many vehicles were checked and how many were observed exceeding the speed limit thresholds (25 mph in a 20 mph area and 36 mph in a 30 mph area and 47 mph in a 40 mph area). 
  6. A warning letter will be sent by Dorset Police to the registered keeper on the first two occasions that their vehicle is seen exceeding the speed limit.  If the vehicle is observed for a third time, an action will be sent to the local SNT for further attention.     


How can I get involved?

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 initiate the setting up of a new scheme. Alternatively, you can use the contact form below to register your interest.

What we do with the information we collect from the form

Question: What are the reasons for collecting this information?

Answer: Public voluntarily submitted information on vehicles/drivers/locations considered by them to create risk on the roads.

Question: Where is the information stored once it has been emailed?

Answer: Incoming emails stored within the Dorset Police Outlook emails folders?

Question: Who has access to this information?

Answer: Dorset Road Safe staff including “no excuse” Officers & Intelligence Researchers.

Question: How long is the information held for?

Answer: 6 years (to give a full 5 year period of issues with the location reported)

Question: If a person wants to have the emailed information deleted, or removed from any Force database, or devices it has been saved to which email address do they send this request to and how long will the process take.

Answer: Dorset Road Safety within two weeks and we will email them to let them know we have done it.

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