Broadstone community Speed Watch – April 2018

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

‘The spring is here, the grass is ris, I wonder what this ‘Speed Watch is?’

Almost a year has passed since Broadstone Community Speed Watch became independent, and it is perhaps time to refresh the public understanding of ‘Community Speed Watch’.

Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a partnership initiative that is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging speed reduction. Reducing speed will directly contribute to saving lives and will improve the quality of life for all people in Dorset. Furthermore, it is an opportunity for community minded residents wishing to contribute to their community, to get involved in making the roads safer where they/you live.

CSW is manned by volunteers from local communities, and all volunteers must be approved by Dorset Police. Successful volunteers receive training and guidance from Dorset Police so as to enable them to mount CSW operations at the roadside.

CSW operations may only be mounted on roads ‘approved and risk assessed’ by Dorset Police, and where there is evidence of ‘speeding’ issues. Such roads will have posted speed limits of 20, 30 or 40 mph.

CSW volunteers do not have any powers of enforcement. However CSW volunteers do operate equipment specifically designed to monitor vehicle speeds. CSW volunteers are trained to observe and record the details of any vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit by a margin of 10% + 2mph (for example 30 mph speed limit +10% + 2mph = 35mph). Therefore vehicles being driven on a 30mph road, at 36mph and above will risk being reported to Dorset Police. Drivers observed using mobile telephones whilst driving, and/or not wearing a seat belt whilst driving may also be reported. Details recorded by CSW volunteers include the speed of the vehicle at the time of detection, the registration number, make, model and colour of the vehicle, as well as the time at which the vehicle was observed.

More on this in the next issue of Broadstone Link magazine, but in the meantime ‘Drive Safely’.

BCSW

Broadstone Speed Watch Statistics for 2018

This table is updated each month, showing totals since the beginning of recording from 1st January 2018.

Statistics for all roads monitored in Broadstone in the period from 1st January 2018.

Location Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st January to 28th February 2018)
8 1704 37
Dunyeats Road 0 0 0
Higher Blandford Road 3 788 21
Lower Blandford Road 0 0 0
Springdale Road 2 393 1
West Way 0 0 0
Pinesprings Drive 3 523 15
Roman Road 0 0 0
Lancaster Drive 0 0 0
Clarendon Road 0 0 0

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – February 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during February 2018.

All the roads in the table below are authorised by Dorset Police for carrying out speed watches. Those roads with no data had no speed watches during the month.

Location in Broadstone Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st to 28th February 2018) 4 730 17
Dunyeats Road 0 0 0
Higher Blandford Road 2 494 12
Lower Blandford Road 0 0 0
Springdale Road 1 178 1
West Way 0 0 0
Pinesprings Drive 1 58 4
Roman Road 0 0 0
Lancaster Drive 0 0 0
Clarendon Road 0 0 0