Speeding still remains a major concern for our local communities in Thames Valley with Neighbourhood Policing Teams finding that speeding is second only to antisocial behaviour as a priority for them to tackle, following consultation with local residents. Many of the concerns relate to roads where there is not a significant collision history and there are many solutions to tackle these problems, You should contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team as many are already planning and carrying out local enforcement and education action to deal with local concerns. You can find the contact details of your local team through the following link to the Thames Valley Police website .
It is also a good idea to contact the Roads Safety Team of your Local Authority as again they can offer advice regarding education, traffic calming and existing road safety plans. Safer Roads can also offer a possible solution to these concerns by assessing potential mobile camera sites under the community concern system. This enables roads where there are not significant collision numbers but, where there is other evidence of speeding to be assessed using evidence and professional opinion provided by the local Roads Safety Constable, local Traffic Management Officer and the relevant Local Authority. This information, along with an up to date collision history analysis, enables a clear decision to be made as to whether there is evidence of a speed related risk to road users and whether the road can be enforced in line with mobile camera operating policies and procedures.
This assessment would usually be initiated after the local Neighbourhood Policing Team or Local Authority have gather evidence of a speed problem. . Safer Roads, Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Local Authorities are working together to find the most appropriate solution to deal with the concerns of our local communities regarding speeding.
Community Speedwatch is a traffic monitoring scheme that is co-ordinated by the Police and Local authorities but managed and run by volunteers in a community.
The volunteers are trained to use a detection device to monitor the speeds of vehicles travelling through their local area.
The registration number of speeding vehicles is recorded.
Warning letters are then sent out by the Police to the registered keepers stating that their vehicle has been reported as speeding. Locations for monitoring speed are selected from sites suggested by the community, based on where there is most local concern about speeding traffic, or the impact of speed.
Volunteers will be issued with high visibility jackets and roadside mobile signs, which must be displayed to notify motorists that they are entering a Community Speedwatch area.
Community Speedwatch can only operate in areas subject to a speed limit no greater than 40mph.
Letters will be sent to offenders by the Thames Valley Police. The first letter is a warning letter. The second is a stronger letter. Further detected speeding will result in enforcement by the Police.
For more information or to get involved in Community Speedwatch go to the Thames Valley Police website