More volunteers sign up to Community Speed Watch

More volunteers have signed up to community schemes in Dorset to spread the message about the dangers of speeding.

Community Speed Watch (CSW) gives local communities the opportunity to get actively involved in road safety.

The latest CSW group in Alderholt was sparked by local residents who had concerns about anti-social driving and excess speed.

Speed Watch operates in villages, towns and urban areas across Dorset to discourage motorists from speeding.

Dorset Police Safer Neighbourhood Team liaison officers assist groups in setting up by providing practical advice and support.

The groups are run by volunteers keen to reduce speeding vehicles in their communities. Volunteers use hand-held devices to record and monitor details of motorists seen speeding and can also note drivers suspected of using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt. The police then send warning letters to these motorists.

The information collected also helps Dorset Police identify areas and times for targeted road safety operations.

Since the Alderholt CSW group formed on 21 February 2014, the team have carried out 21 speed checks and noted 336 vehicles exceeding the speed limit.

Police Community Support Officer Steve Willis, of the Rural East Dorset Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Many of those motorists were travelling at almost double the 30mph speed limit.  This demonstrates the need for the CSW in Alderholt and we would like to thank the volunteers who have given up their own time in addressing this community problem.

“The Alderholt CSW team have received positive feedback from the local community who have noticed a reduction in the speed of vehicles in the area since the initiative started. 

“Speeding increases the risk of serious injury and fatal collisions and CSW has a huge part to play in reducing road casualties across Dorset.

“I would like to remind motorists that Dorset Police and the Dorset Safety Camera Partnership will continue to carry out enforcement activity in Alderholt and throughout the county to catch those motorists who disregard the law.”

If you would like to participate in Community Speed Watch, please contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team to find out if a scheme already exists or to initiate the set-up of a new scheme. Visit our Community Speed Watch pages  for more information and your local Safer Neighbourhood Team contact details or call 101.

Issued: 7 July 2014

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