Community Speed Watch

The Community Speed Watch (CSW) initiative allows members of the community to address the issue of speeding by becoming actively involved in road safety, monitoring speeds at safe locations with speed detection equipment.

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The aim of the CSW initiative is to address the problem of speeding through a partnership of the police the local community, parish councils and other partners.

The aim of the initiative is NOT to catch as many speeding drivers as possible. It is to reduce speed in areas of concern, make drivers aware that excessive speed is socially unacceptable, re-educate drivers about the dangers of speeding, and address concerns from local residents about cars speeding through their neighbourhoods.

Police forces across the country implementing Community Speed Watch can show a reduction in overall average speeds, and a significant reduction in drivers travelling well above the speed limit.

  • Suffolk Constabulary fully supports Community Speed Watch (CSW) and it is our intention to develop schemes working with Roadsafe partners across the county to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Suffolk roads.
  • Speed is:
     – a contributory factor to both fatal and serious injury collisions
    – a major factor in preventing people from enjoying the environment they have
    chosen to live in
    – has an impact on the lives of people within local communities
    – also contributes to severity of any road traffic collision
  •  CSW schemes have been shown to have an impact on driver behaviour and reductions in the speed of vehicles.
  • Suffolk Constabulary along with partners are committed to achieving casualty reduction targets.  It is not possible to carry out speed enforcement checks in every community that would like them on a regular basis.  Indeed, having to prioritise resources means that some communities that have concerns over speeding vehicles without a corresponding collision record may be unlikely to receive regular levels of enforcement.
  • Trained volunteers verify and record the registration numbers of offending vehicles with the details being forwarded to Suffolk Police who will send warning letters.
  • What are the benefits?
      Fewer fatalities and serious injury collisions on Suffolk roads
    Ø  Increase in road safety awareness by and for all road users
    Ø  Enhancing the role of community members as volunteers
    Ø  Raise awareness of anti-social road use

For more information about Community Speed Watch, check out the Suffolk Police Website.

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