Broadstone Community Speed Watch – July 2018

Making Broadstone a safer place to live

In May this year Broadstone Community Speed Watch celebrated its first anniversary as an independent Watch, and it did so by completing the 104th Community Speed Watch operation since re-forming in May 2017. This is a truly remarkable achievement by a small number of dedicated and committed volunteers over a 12 month period.

However, regardless of the above some drivers have made comments that seem to be based on misunderstandings or misinformation. So to address this BCSW, and by way of this and subsequent articles, will attempt to separate fact from fiction.

Fiction: The speed gun used by Speed watch is not calibrated!

Fact: The speed gun used by BCSW is calibrated by the manufacturer, and BCSW hold a certificate confirming calibration. In addition BCSW has equipment to regularly check whether or not the Speed gun is operating correctly and to the original standards and specifications, including calibration.

Fiction: The BCSW team are just ‘grumpy old folk with nothing better to do!’

Fact: The BCSW team are all volunteers from your community. Every person in the team has undergone Dorset Police checks, and has been trained by Dorset Police to carry out CSW duties at the roadside. The BCSW team is governed by the policies and procedures laid down by the Dorset Police CSW Unit.

Fiction: No way was I speeding!

Fact: The BCSW team use the speed limits laid down in ACPO guidelines when monitoring vehicle speeds. The guidelines state that speeds and other details will only be recorded and reported in the following circumstances;-

Speed limit Details recorded if vehicle travelling at

  • 20 mph 25 mph and above
  • 30 mph 36 mph and above
  • 40 mph 47 mph and above

That said vehicles details may also be recorded and reported where the driver is observed using a mobile telephone whilst driving, when driver is not wearing a seat belt, or when a vehicle is being driven dangerously.

More in the next issue!

If you wish to know more about what we do, come and talk to us.

BCSW

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – April 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during April 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 30th April 2018) 10 3021 102
Dunyeats Road 0 0 0
Higher Blandford Road 3 1257 30
Lower Blandford Road 0 0 0
Springdale Road 1 277 9
West Way 0 0 0
Pinesprings Drive 4 1285 60
Roman Road 0 0 0
Lancaster Drive 1 127 1
Clarendon Road 0 0 0

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – March 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during March 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 31st March 2018) 3 626 3
Dunyeats Road 1 355 1
Higher Blandford Road 0 0 0
Lower Blandford Road 0 0 0
Springdale Road 0 0 0
West Way 0 0 0
Pinesprings Drive 2 271 2
Roman Road 0 0 0
Lancaster Drive 0 0 0
Clarendon Road 0 0 0

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – June 2018

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

The other day, whilst carrying out a Community Speed Watch operation, a male motorist of indeterminate age, drove past making offensive and rude gestures. This is not the first time this has happened, nor will it be the last. It is a fact of life that some people, when they believe they have been seen doing something that they know is ‘wrong’ will react negatively, rather than ask themselves what the reason is behind their reaction.

Nevertheless, it has to be accepted that vehicle drivers are not robots, and there cannot be many, if any, who have not at some time driven at speeds above the posted speed limits. This is easily done if not concentrating, being temporarily distracted, being in unfamiliar surroundings, first time driving a new vehicle etc. But responsible motorists quickly realise what they are doing and make a correction.

A minority of vehicle drivers however seem to believe that posted speed limits are variable according to their view of what speed is safe, and often without regard for road conditions or other road users, and such drivers can put themselves and others at risk. It is almost certain that a proportion of these road users react negatively when observed by Speed Watch teams, and this possibly arising from their being unhappy that they might be reported or just that they feel embarrassed by failing to observe the posted speed limit. Who has not had that awful moment of doubt on realising that you are being followed by a Police car, which due to not paying attention or being sufficiently aware, may have been there for some time.

Human behaviour dictates that in our lives every one of us will, unless saintly, do things that on reflection we might not do again. In the case of Community Speed Watch the aim is to act as a reminder to all road users that speed limits are put in place on our roads to ensure the safety and welfare of all road users.

Drive well and drive safely.

BCSW

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – May 2018

Making Broadstone a safer place to live

‘Spring is here! – continued from the BCSW article for April.

Last month’s BCSW article began the process of reminding readers of ‘What is Community Speed Watch?’ and ended with the information collected by CSW volunteers at the roadside. You might now be wondering what is done with this information?

Once the CSW operation is completed, the information gathered is collated, checked and entered into a Dorset Police spreadsheet, which is then sent to Dorset Police for their consideration and action as appropriate. CSW is required to keep records of all the operations mounted, and the information gathered, for a minimum period of 12 months.

Can I join BCSW? Yes you can!

All new volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and all will have to agree to appropriate vetting procedures (currently being revised). Once accepted, all new volunteers will receive safety training, and be trained to use the CSW equipment issued to CSW teams in order to mount and carry out roadside CSW operations. Every CSW operation will be supervised by an experienced and suitably qualified team member.

What am I committing myself to?

A CSW operation will normally run for one hour, and with sufficient volunteers this will normally mean that you will only be asked to attend for one hour per week. The more volunteers we have the less demand on our/your time.

If you are interested in joining your Broadstone CSW team do contact us by e-mail using enquiries@broadstonecsw.uk and provide your name and telephone number, and one of the team will contact you. We do run ‘try before you buy’ sessions where you may attend, without any obligation, a BCSW operation as an observer , it is an opportunity to meet the team and to see why, how and what we do.

You may also make enquiries via Dorset Police non-emergency number 101, or Dorset Police enquiries e-mail: enquiries@Dorset.PNN.Police.uk

In the meantime do drive safely, and be aware of the posted speed limit.

BCSW

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

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – January 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during January 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 31st January 2018) 4 974 20
Dunyeats Road 0 0 0
Higher Blandford Road 1 294 9
Lower Blandford Road 0 0 0
Springdale Road 1 215 1
West Way 0 0 0
Pinesprings Drive 2 465 11
Roman Road 0 0 0
Lancaster Drive 0 0 0
Clarendon Road 0 0 0