What is Community Speedwatch?
Speedwatch is a community scheme that allows volunteer members of the community to take action to demonstrate their concern about speeding motorists in their area. It is managed by the Police Safer Neighbourhood team, but run by local volunteers.
How does it work?
Volunteers use special equipment that can monitor the speed of passing traffic and record the details of speeding vehicles.Vehicle checks will then be undertaken by the police and letters will be sent to the registered keepers advising them of the limit, their speed and reminding them of why it is a community concern.
Why should we do it?
Speedwatch is not enforcement, it is education. It is the first tier response to dealing with the problem of speeding.Where a problem persists, it will be escalated to tier two, meaning that enforcement can be undetaken by the police Safer Neighbourhood team.
Who actually does it?
Sherfield on Loddon has a speedwatch scheme up and running, you have probably seen a small group of volunteers standing at the side of the road wearing hi-visibility vests with a large Speed Indicating Display - however we do urgently need more volunteers to help with this.
How do I volunteer to participate?
In order to participate in the scheme, you first need to contact the local administrator - in our case this is Karen Ross- Clerk to the Parish Coucnil who can tell you all about it. The process involves a small amount of paperwork and attending a brief trainng session, which will qualify you as a Police Support Volunteer.