Local Communities Continue to Crack Down on Speeding

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PC Tony Carter, Sgt Sarah Kent, PCC John Campion and Crowle CSW group members

Local Community Speed Watch groups across West Mercia were out in force on Friday (30th September) to raise awareness of the scheme and carry out speed enforcement activity in a bid to make their areas safer. West Mercia’s Police & Crime Commissioner John Campion and Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Tracey Onslow also showed their support for the scheme by visiting local groups in Crowle and Eckington in Worcestershire and Eardisley in Herefordshire.

The Community Speed Watch Action Day took place on Friday to promote the scheme, raise awareness of how it operates and give the public the chance to see local groups in action, carrying out speed enforcement work.

Community Speed Watch is a community-driven road safety initiative which gives local residents the opportunity to address community concern about traffic speed and play an active role in improving the safety of their local community.

The scheme is supported by the Safer Roads Partnership team within Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, but is managed and run by volunteers in the community. West Mercia’s Community Speed Watch scheme was launched in May 2014 and now has 13 active groups across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Community Speed Watch involves trained volunteers from the community monitoring the speeds of vehicles with approved, hand-held speed measurement devices. Where vehicle speeds are found to be inappropriate, a letter is sent to the registered keeper by the police with the aim of encouraging them to reduce their speed when driving in the future. Local groups coordinate their own enforcement schedule, around personal commitments, and carry out enforcement activity once or twice a week on average.

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Deputy PCC Tracey Onslow, Ian Connolly (West Mercia Police) and Eardisley CSW group members

John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, visited local groups in Crowle and Eckington while Tracey Onslow, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner visited Eardisley in Herefordshire.

 

John Campion commented: “I want to empower people within our communities to play a more active role in identifying and also tackling local issues. Speeding is an issue that is often highlighted in our towns and villages and where people want to take the lead in addressing these issues, then I want them to help them.

“Active citizenship can have a major role in creating safer, stronger communities. I pledged to give people the tools they need in order to make a difference and I am delivering on that promise.”

A Community Speed Watch scheme is initiated when ‘speeding traffic’ has been identified as a community road safety concern by a parish council, safer neighbourhood team or community forum. However, a number of criteria must be met before a scheme can be established:

  • The area must have a 30mph or 40mph speed restriction.
  • Speed data collected by the Safer Roads Partnership must show that speed levels in the area do not meet the national industry requirements for police enforcement.
  • No other enforcement activity is currently in place.
  • There must be at least six volunteers in each Community Speed Watch scheme.
  • Speed checks must be conducted by at least three volunteers at any one time.

Local residents who are worried about speeding traffic should raise their concerns with their local parish council, safer neighbourhood team or community forum, who will then bring it to the attention of the Safer Roads Partnership. Speed data can then be collected to determine the nature of the problem and action will be taken accordingly.

6 Responses to Local Communities Continue to Crack Down on Speeding

  1. Reply Linda Llewellyn says:

    Have you been contacted before about the continual breaking of the 30mph speed limit on the top part of Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton between the crossroads up to where it joins with Hazler Road? Cars, lorries and coaches literally charge up and down the Avenue daily. At one point, some years ago, apparently there were clear 30mph road markings half way up the Avenue, but because of considerable roadworks these have not been replaced. We need a clear indication of the speed limit half way up Sandford Avenue to stop the overtaking and tailgating of those of us who abide by the legal speed limit. Often we have near misses when just attempting to turn into our own driveway. Thankfully there have been no fatalities here, but it should not take a serious accident to ensure that drivers obey the law surely.

    • Reply annahiggins says:

      Hi Linda,

      Thanks for your email and apologies for the delayed response. We do not have responsibility for speed limit signage. If you haven’t done so already, please direct your enquiry to the Highways department within Shropshire Council.

      Kind regards,
      The Safer Roads Team.

  2. Reply ALISON GOULD says:

    Hello
    please supply me with more information on the Safer Roads Partnership.We have speeding issues in our village and its consistently being used as a “rat run” onto the M54 a mile away.We do have a very small , very higly placed, 30 mph sign but more of a deterrent is required.

    • Reply annahiggins says:

      Hi Alison,

      Thank you for your email and apologies for the delayed response. If you haven’t already done so, please raise your concerns with your local policing team or local parish council. If there is significant community concern, they will approach us on behalf of the community and we will then collect speed data in the area and agree on further action with our partners. As I’m sure you will appreciate, we cannot respond to individual requests for speed enforcement.

      Kind regards,
      The Safer Roads Team.

  3. Reply Cllr Clive Butler says:

    Who is the person I have to contact regarding speeding traffic.
    I have had a visit from the police and they have told me to contact the Safer Road Partnership,
    I have been on your web site and one of your partners is Hereford Council, I have followed
    the link and got no where. can you please advise me

    • Reply annahiggins says:

      Hi Clive,

      Thank you for your email and apologies for the delayed response. If you haven’t already done so, please send in your concerns about speeding traffic to our Contact Us email address (info@srpwestmercia.org.uk) and we will send it on to the relevant staff.

      Kind regards,
      The Safer Roads Team.

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