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.
What is 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 all people in Dorset. It is an opportunity for you to get involved in making the roads safer where you live.
Community Speed Watch is manned by volunteers from your local community, and all volunteers are subject to background checks by Dorset Police and, if successful, they then receive appropriate training and guidance from Dorset police to enable them to mount Community Speed Watch operations.
Community Speed Watch operations may only be mounted on roads ‘approved’ and risk assessed by Dorset Police. Such roads will have posted speed limits of 20mph, 30mph or 40mph.
Community Speed Watch volunteers are trained to operate speed measurement equipment recommended by Dorset Police
Community Speed Watch volunteers do not have powers of enforcement, this responsibility remains with Dorset Police.
What is involved in setting up a Community Speed Watch operation?
- First task is to look at the long range weather forecast, this in order to determine whether or not this may affect the planned Speed Watch operation .
- Select a day, date, time and location.
- Identify volunteers available to mount the Community Speed Watch operation (not less than three)
- Seek approval from Dorset Police and obtain an Incident number
- Mount Community Speed Watch operation – usually 1 hour duration.
On certain occasions uniformed Police Officers may attend to support the Community Speed Watch team.
Monitor all vehicles (and motorcycles) and identify those travelling at excessive speed. Gather data and information.
On completion of operation collate data and send to Dorset Police CSW Unit.
Can anyone join?
Short answer – YES, but volunteers must be at least 18yrs of age or older, and acceptance will be subject to passing the Dorset Police background checks, and attending Awareness and Safety training provided by a Dorset Police liaison officer.
If you are interested in joining the Broadstone Community Speed Watch you should make your enquiry by making contact via :-
- A committee member of the Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch (as shown on the monthly Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter),
- Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) or via the Police non-emergency telephone number 101, or the Dorset Police Enquiries web site (Enquiries@Dorset.PNN.Police.uk)
- A Broadstone Community Speed Watch volunteer at the roadside.
Otherwise it is intended to run a Community Speed Watch event on Saturday 29th April 2017, in front of Budgen’s Supermarket. All enquiries will be warmly welcomed.
Published on behalf of Broadstone Community Speedwatch