The Community Speedwatch scheme (CSW) allows the public to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood. It is used in areas where speeding h…as been identified as a priority at quarterly neighbourhood panel meetings or at the request of Parish councils. The scheme is run by the force alongside the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership. It is about educating motorists in the law in relation to speeding and monitoring any trends in speeding in neighbourhoods.
It is not enforcement.
Volunteers are trained to use indicator devices which display a vehicles speed. The registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by Police, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community. Persistent offenders may be visited by Police who advise them as to their future conduct in observing speed limits. Some repeat offenders may be targeted for Police enforcement.
How do I become a volunteer?
To find out more about becoming a Speedwatch volunteer contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much time will I need to give up?
There is no minimum time set but an expectation that sufficient hours are given to make the scheme viable.
Do you get training?
Yes full training is given to volunteers. This training will be take place in your local neighbourhood by the Cambridgeshire Police CSW coordinator.
Is it safe for volunteers?
Volunteers are given full training and safety equipment to ensure they are clearly visible to road users.
Will officers still carry out speed checks?
Areas where speeding is identified as an issue will be considered for enforcement work by officers.
What equipment is used?
Volunteers are provided with high visibility jackets and conduct speed checks using radar speed indicator devices. The vehicles speed is then displayed on a monitor visible to the driver.
Will records of the offending vehicles be kept?
Information gathered during the checks will be used to target enforcement and education measures. Persistent offenders will receive a visit from officers.
Can motorists be prosecuted?
No these checks are about educating motorists.
Where are the Speedwatch schemes currently operating?
The scheme has been rolled out to all areas of the country and will depend on volunteers making themselves available. For information about your local Speedwatch scheme contact your nearest neighbourhood team at Speedwatch@cambs.pnn.police.uk
How will it stop people from speeding?
Speedwatch is not an enforcement tool more about educating motorists and raising awareness of the dangers of speeding. The scheme is just one part of the on-going work being carried out by the Cambridgeshire Constabulary to target speeding.