Community Speed Watch (CSW)
Is a locally driven initiative where active members of the community work with the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles at specific locations using speed indication devices. The initiative allows the community to address the issue of speeding by becoming actively involved in road safety and working in partnership with Thames Valley Police.
The Speed Watch scheme allows the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood. It is used in areas where speeding has been identified as a priority at neighbourhood meetings.
Volunteers are trained to use speed indicator devices which displays vehicle speed. The registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter from their local neighbourhood policing team, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community.
A typical Speed Watch session involves two or more Speed Watch volunteers standing at the roadside for 1-2 hours noting the details of any vehicle recorded by the Sentinel travelling at excessive speed. A list is sent to the police who check the details and then warning letters are sent to the registered keepers of the vehicles.
Keepers of vehicles recorded as persistently speeding may receive a visit from a member of a Police Safer Neighbourhood Team. Community Speed Watch is intended to educate drivers, not to prosecute them, although if someone has been recorded as repeatedly or excessively exceeding the speed limit, this information may in future be taken into consideration in the event of the driver subsequently being caught speeding by the police.
The Community Speed Watch initiative as a whole is managed by the Police. Please do not confront any of our Speed Watch volunteers either directly or indirectly. We are simply concerned local residents who voluntarily donate a lot of time and effort to this initiative in a bid to reduce the problem of speeding motorists.
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Please download our latest Speedwatch 2018 newsletter.