Council supports search for speed watch volunteers

Southend speedwatch

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is encouraging residents to help keep local roads safe by becoming a Community Speed Watch volunteer with the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP).

The Council is working collaboratively with SERP to promote Community Speed Watch and recruit more members in Southend-on-Sea.

Community Speed Watch is seeking individuals who are willing and able to give up a few hours every two to four weeks to help make Essex roads safer.

Once fully trained, volunteers visit an approved site with a calibrated speed detection device to note the speeds of passing vehicles, recording the details of any vehicles travelling over the speed limit.

Training includes learning about the aims of Community Speed Watch, the causes of fatal crashes, health and safety, communication skills, as well as training on how to use the equipment.

Cllr Tony Cox, Executive Councillor for Transport, Waste and Regulatory Services, said:

“Community Speed Watch has proven that it is a successful group for catching people who think it is okay to speed. In 2016, 13,114 drivers were detected across Essex and given a formal warning thanks to the Community Speed Watch volunteers.

“We urge anyone with some free time to get involved in this very important group.”

Daniel Parsons, Roads Policing Inspector for Essex Police, said:

“Community Speed Watch volunteers make a valuable contribution to the reduction of casualties on our roads in Essex.

“By reporting vehicles travelling at excessive speeds, we can then contact the registered owner informing them that they, or other drivers of their vehicle, need to be more aware of speed limits.

“Those drivers that are reported to us on several occasions may receive a visit from one of our roads policing officers for a face-to-face conversation about their driving habits.

“Community Speed Watch volunteers also provide a visible presence in the community reminding drivers of their responsibility to drive within the speed limit.

“I am pleased our partners and community groups in Southend-on-Sea are taking a proactive approach to this type of community and road safety scheme.”

Information about how to join a Community Speed Watch group in Southend-on-Sea and the date of the next training course can be obtained by emailing the Community Speed Watch team or calling 01376 576230.


23 August 2017

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