Community Speed Watch

 

Community Speed Watch is a traffic monitoring scheme, coordinated by the Essex Fire and Rescue Service (EPCRS) and supported by SERP, but managed and run by volunteers in the community.

By increasing the existing methods of education and recruiting and involving local volunteers, Community Speed Watch benefits the communities themselves by helping to reduce anti-social behaviour and the number of injuries from road traffic collisions.

Local Neighbourhood Action Panel (NAP) meetings have identified excess speed as an important issue for local communities, and it is a known significant contributory factor in many road traffic collisions.

More than 95 Community Speed watch groups are now operating across the Essex Police area, providing regular monitoring of vehicle speeds within their own locations. Results are forwarded via log sheets to The Casualty Reduction Unit for processing, and warning letters sent to the registered keepers of the vehicles monitored travelling in excess of the posted speed limit.

Log sheets are also monitored to highlight those communities that would benefit from additional police enforcement based on evidence of poor levels of compliance. This additional enforcement is primarily conducted by officers from the Casualty Reduction Section including its own team of Special Constables.

All volunteers are required to attend quality assured training provided by trainers from SERP which comprises of a presentation followed by a roadside activity.

Each group is allocated a speed recording device which they are required to test prior to each session. Every device is calibrated annually as per manufacturer guidelines.  All volunteers are required to wear hi-vis jackets and display signs approximately 100 meters (at a safe pre-assessed site) either side of the monitoring location..

The benefits of Community Speed Watch include:

  • The opportunity for residents to increase road safety in their area, and support activities to reduce road traffic collisions and injuries.
  • Enhancing the role of community members as volunteers, and developing better links with the community.
  • Raising awareness of anti-social road use among who use them in local areas.

For more information and interactive map, please visit the Essex Police website: https://www.essex.police.uk/

If you are interesting in forming or joining a community speedwatch group, please email community.speedwatch@essex-fire.gov.uk