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 in the area's administered by Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council and is supported by 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 two 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 an option for basic first aid. The course can be arranged at various locations around the County. The training comprises of three modules and if all the modules are taken it will last for approximately six 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.
If you would like to volunteer or find out more information please complete the Guidance and Registration Pack or email Speedwatch