Southwick Community Speedwatch
Southwick Community Speedwatch has been in operation since 2014. We started as a team of 6 and for a while our ranks swelled to 7, but sadly two of our original members have had to leave as a result of health issues. To enable us to carry out more sessions we really need more volunteers. Our role is to be part of a wider Wiltshire Police initiative to educate drivers to the dangers of speeding.
You may have seen us carrying out sessions as you drive through the village, but do you really know what a session entails?
Prior to carrying out active duties you will undertake training that involves both on-line learning covering the legal and safety aspects of your duties and practical experience of using the speed monitoring device with the village Speedwatch team and a member of Wiltshire Police. You will then be signed up as an active volunteer.
We share a speed monitoring device with the North Bradley Speedwatch team, which means we normally have the device for 3 weeks in every 6. At the beginning of our period with the device we have a meeting to agree on the times, locations and team members for each of our monitoring sessions. We only operate in locations which have been risk assessed by the Police and each of our sessions lasts for a maximum of an hour, and will only be carried out in daylight and in dry weather. We try and plan for 4 to 5 sessions in each of the weeks that we have the device and we have 8 sites that we can use around the village
Ideally, we will have 3 team members at each session - one to operate the device, one to record details of speeding vehicles and a third to use a counter to record the number of vehicles passing our location. We aim to rotate the roles during a session and must have a minimum of two members on duty.
At the end of each session details of speeding vehicles are sent electronically to Wiltshire Police to be entered onto their systems and letters are then generated which are sent to the registered keepers of the vehicles. Repeat offenders will receive further letters and/or a visit from a police officer.
During our last period with the device in February we carried out 7 sessions (we planned 10 but weather and illness reduced the number) and reported 22 vehicles, out of 3558 that passed us, for
being driven above the threshold speed. Of these, 5 vehicles were being driven at 40 mph or above.
We are regularly complimented for the work we are doing in deterring drivers from speeding, and we would like to welcome you to our small team, even if you could only spare an hour a week.
So why not get in touch and come out with us for even a few minutes to see how we operate?
07947 691 235