Potterne Speedwatch Group

With blessing of the Chair of the Parish Council, I have volunteered to try to set up and run a village Speedwatch Group.

Speedwatch is a National scheme and operates in conjunction with local police forces, who will take action against drivers who drive at excessive speed or who are regular offenders; regardless of where the offence takes place.

Speedwatch is considered to be a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community.  It has 4 principal objectives:

To reduce death and injury on the roads

To improve the quality of life for local residents

To reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limits

To increase public awareness of inappropriate speed

See more at: http://www.communityspeedwatch.org

As a community activity Speedwatch is run by volunteers.  Crucially, the roadside monitoring takes place at times of their choosing.  Volunteers can do as little, or as much, roadside monitoring as suits them; and only at times that suit them.  It is a data collection activity and not ‘front-line’ or confrontational.  Data collected is submitted to the Police and then collated with other Groups. Results and Police follow up outcomes are available on a National website to which each Group has access.

Speedwatch Volunteers do need to be trained but this is not onerous.  I have just completed the theoretical training, on line, and gained a 100% result; so it can’t be difficult!  In fact, it is very informative and quite fun.  It took me only about 30 minutes.  By the time you read this I should have completed my practical training with the Police.  I will then be able to train other volunteers on the use of the equipment.

None of this can work without a body of volunteers.  Once we have enough volunteers, we can quickly complete the training and get on to the roadside to start making a difference.

If you are interested in finding out more, without obligation, please let me know, together with your contact details.

Graham Watts

07713 252663       geewatts@btinternet.com

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