My Cheddar members co-ordinate Cheddar’s Community Speedwatch (CSW) which has been running since 2014.
Speeding continues to be a concern for many communities and there have been many serious accidents in this area in recent years. CSW is a locally driven initiative, where active members of the community monitor the speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.
CSW volunteers receive appropriate training, and are assisted by local Police Community Support Officers. The aims are to:
- Reduce death and injury on the roads
- Improve the quality of life for the local community
- Increase public awareness of inappropriate speed
- Gather data that can be used to justify local road safety or traffic calming measures.
Locally our data is processed by Devon and Somerset Fire Brigade. Instances of excessive speeding and some other motoring offences will be referred on to the Police to contact individual drivers by letter, and any other action that may be appropriate. It’s worth pointing out that if these people had been caught by a uniformed police traffic patrol they would be straight on a Speed Awareness Course or facing points on their licence.
You may have seen similar CSW schemes operating locally in Mark and Shipham. Here, we go out on checks several times a month to a number of different locations within the Cheddar 30 mph zone, weekdays and weekends. We regularly report drivers doing 36 or more in the 30 zone and in January 2016 one of the many visiting “car enthusiasts” was clocked doing 49mph in the village centre.
If you would like to be a part of our local CSW team or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having more people on the volunteer rota list will be very helpful and the roadside checks are in themselves a good way to meet and work with other people who live near you, and have a chat at the roadside and maybe go for a coffee afterwards.
Before joining a Speedwatch session you will need a short training session. My Cheddar will pass your details on to our local police beat officers to arrange this.
For more information about CSW in the Avon and Somerset police area, click here.