Community Speed Watch

Community Speed Watch is a scheme to help people reduce traffic speeding through their neighbourhood.

Excessive speed through neighbourhoods is one of the most common issues raised with Councillors and has an impact not only on road safety but on the quality of life for those residents that endure it.

The scheme enables volunteers to work within their community to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the problem locally.

The scheme currently operates throughout Bedfordshire and is supported by Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Luton Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police and  Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Community Speed Watch can be set up in any ward, village or parish governed by a 20/30/40 miles per hour speed limit

Community Speed Watch seeks to promote safer driving in our local communities by educating rather than prosecuting individuals. Data collected by Community Speed Watch groups will be passed to Bedfordshire Police who may undertake speed checks and result in drivers being prosecuted.

Community Speed Watch requires a group of at least 2 trained volunteers to operate.

Having registered as a volunteer you will be offered a training course run by Bedfordshire Police. The course covers the use of the equipment, training in conflict resolution and there is an option for basic first aid if required. The course can be arranged at various locations around the County. The training comprises of two modules and will last for a maximum of 2 hours.

When a group decide to run a Community Speed Watch session they will arrange to take delivery of the equipment from the Police and then notify Police Headquaters prior to the commencement of the session.

The volunteers will then run the session noting the date, time, colour, make, model and registration number of any vehicles exceeding the speed limit. The results will then be forwarded to the Police who will then arrange for the registered keeper of the vehicle to be written to, informing them that the vehicle was detected exceeding the speed limit, giving the location, date and time. Persistent speeders will receive a second letter but on the third occasion they can expect further action to be taken by the police.

Information showing the number of Community Speed Watch operations along with other speed monitoring and enforcement activities across Bedfordshire will be posted on the Bedfordshire Police website .

If you would like to volunteer or find out more information please complete the Guidance and Registration Pack or email speedwatch@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

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If you have any questions relating to community speed watch please contact:
Bedfordshire Police Traffic Management Unit, Halsey, Road Kempston, Bedfordshire MK42 8AX 
Or telephone 101 asking for Traffic Management
or Email:  speedwatch@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

 


Example of letter to be sent after third occurance of speeding
Example of letter to be sent after first detection of speeding
Example of letter to be sent after second occurance of speeding
Example of Risk Assessment carried out for an approved CSW Site
Speedwatch Guidelines and Registration Pack 2015 140815