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Safer Neighbourhoods - Community SpeedWatch

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Too many people are speeding through our village. Why don’t the police
do something about it?

Why don’t you do something about it?

Community SpeedWatch is your chance to clamp down on it and make our roads safer for everyone. Hampshire Constabulary has produced a leaflet, pictured here, to explain how Community SpeedWatch works. This article is based on the information in the leaflet.

Introduction.

Speeding is one of the factors that most affects the quality of life in communities around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It can be a factor in road traffic collisions and impacts on the day-to-day lives of people in the community.

You often tell us that speeding is one of the biggest community concerns in your area and as such we want to work with you to set up a Community SpeedWatch programme.

Community SpeedWatch will be co-ordinated by Hampshire Constabulary in partnership with your local council and other agencies. The scheme itself will be run by your local police Safer Neighbourhood teams and the community volunteers.

How does it work?

Community SpeedWatch can only operate on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph and under. The best locations would be 20 mph zones and community and residential areas that have a 30 mph limit. Community volunteers work alongside Hampshire Constabulary officers to identify vehicles which exceed the speed limit.

Details of the vehicles will be collected at the time of the alleged offence and then entered onto a database. The registered owner of the vehicle will then be sent a letter telling them that their vehicle was seen exceeding the speed limit, how it affects the local community and asking them not to do so in the future. If the same registration number is logged again within 12 months the owner will receive a warning that if the vehicle is seen speeding a third time the details will be passed to an officer who may take further action.

Commercial vehicles or vehicles that belong to companies will have a separate letter sent to the local transport manager and the roads policing unit will be made aware.

What next?

Community SpeedWatch locations will be suggested by the local community and by the police but the location will have to be sanctioned by Hampshire Constabulary’s safer roads officers. A risk assessment of the location will have to be completed before any activity can take place.

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers must be aged at least 17 years and each scheme needs a minimum of six volunteers. Keen applicants will need to complete an application form and vetting process which can take up to six weeks to clear.

Specialist training will be given to volunteers and any local travelling or out of pocket expenses will be covered. Community volunteers working on the roadside will be given use of high visibility jackets, wet weather equipment, road side signs and equipment to monitor speed and record vehicle details. Volunteers will be covered under Hampshire Constabulary’s public liability insurance for roadside working.

Still interested?

More information, if required, from Laura Jones, Extended Police Family Coordinator, Test Valley & New Forest District

Hampshire Constabulary Southern Support and Training HQ, Hamble Lane, Southampton, SO31 4TS

External: 02380 744662 Email:


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