Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – September 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during September 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 September 2018) 12 4236 47
Higher Blandford Road 2 1156 8
Springdale Road 2 1231 12
West Way 1 195 2
Pinesprings Drive 4 1093 19
Roman Road 1 232 3
Lancaster Drive 1 168 3
Clarendon Road 1 195 2

 

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – August 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during August 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 August 2018) 13 3318 95
Dunyeats Road 1 422 1
Higher Blandford Road 3 1223 24
Springdale Road 3 632 25
Pinesprings Drive 3 592 40
Lancaster Drive 1 72 1
Clarendon Road 1 166 4

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to one and all from Broadstone Community Speed Watch!

January is a month when we reflect on times past, seek new adventures and/or challenges, struggle to stick to New Year’s resolutions, avoid the bathroom scales etc, but the New Year also brings new opportunities. This is most definitely the case with Community Speed Watch.

In 2018, and for the second year in succession, BCSW completed more than 100 CSW operations, monitoring over 30,000 vehicle movements across our local roads. This is no mean feat when you consider that for much of the year we only drew from a pool of 10 volunteers. To continue to operate like this and unless we recruit new volunteers, we will risk losing the existing goodwill that enables us to operate.

So, if you wish to support your community, and make a difference, please consider joining this group of volunteers, all of whom are local residents.

All new volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and in good health.

Volunteers will have to agree to minimal, and appropriate, vetting by a representative of Dorset Police.

If accepted, new volunteers will receive training in the use of CSW equipment, and safety training. Every CSW operation is supervised by a trained and suitably qualified team member.

CSW operations are from 30 mins to one hour in duration, at locations assessed and approved by Dorset Police.

If you think you might be interested contact enquiries@broadstonecsw.uk, and/or if you wish to talk to an existing volunteer just provide a contact name and telephone number and one of us will call you back.

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

For genuine enquiries we may also offer a ‘try before you buy’ session so that you may see first hand what we do, and how we operate.

Every best wish for 2019.

BCSW

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – January 2019

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

Your Broadstone Community Speed Watch team of volunteers would like to wish everyone residing in Broadstone a truly happy New Year, and may 2019 be your safest to date.

2019 may be a new year, yet many of the challenges we faced on a daily basis in 2018 will not have changed. More vehicles, motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians competing for the same space. Patience and respect for each other will be ever more important.

Winter conditions will, as you might expect, challenge road users for some months to come so it will be ever important that you do whatever is necessary to ensure that, whatever the form of transport you use to move around in, both the transport and you are fit for purpose. In particular, and in an age where today’s vehicles tend not to be garaged overnight, there is the need to ensure that vehicle windscreens and windows are completely cleared of ice/frost/mist before setting off on your journey. Allow extra time for scraping off the ice etc, and allow extra time for your journey.

Wet and slippery road surfaces present their own challenges, and BCSW regularly observe and record vehicles speeding in just about all conditions. But it is often the case that, in addition to speeding, drivers are also observed tailgating the vehicle in front of them. Speeding and tailgating are equally inappropriate and dangerous but when combined are, especially in hazardous road conditions, potentially lethal. So please do observe the speed limits, and do leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Finally, some more questions;-

  1. What distance do you cover in 1 second, in a vehicle travelling at 30 mph?
  2. What does a solid amber light mean at a set of traffic lights?
  3. At what age do you have to renew your driving licence?
  4. Name the five most common causes of collisions.

Answers to the above may be found on www.dorsetroadsafe.org.uk

Suggested New Year’s resolution – Drive safely and Drive well.

Happy New Year!

BCSW

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – December 2018

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

Broadstone Community Speed Watch is celebrating its second Christmas since it was relaunched in May 2017 and we would like to wish all Broadstone residents, whether supporters or not, a very Merry Christmas.

The last 12 months has seen us build on the achievements of the previous year, and Dorset Police tell us that our efforts are having a beneficial effect in terms of reduced numbers of drivers speeding on our local roads. Whilst much of this may be down to the regular operations run by your BCSW team, credit must also go to those responsible members of the driving public who are making changes to their driving behaviour. So, a sincere thank you to all those drivers who have contributed to this encouraging result.

To residents who have come to talk with us at the roadside, we would say a heartfelt ‘thank you’. We will always be happy to listen to your questions and concerns, and to do what we can to help.

To those drivers who wave, smile, give us the ‘thumbs up’ – thank you. You are our motivation.

To those who do not agree with what we do, please engage with us. We will always be happy to listen to your concerns too.

Now, in some households, there may be periods of time on Christmas day when folk relax to recover from the excitement, and some indulge in a quiz. So here are some questions to test the drivers in your family/friends –

  1. On what type of roads do most collisions occur?
  2. What is the cause of 98% of collisions?
  3. What is the minimum recommended following distance in a motor vehicle, in good conditions?
  4. How do you know when the speed limit is 30 mph?
  5. Using a mobile phone whilst driving increases your chance of having a collision by how many times.

Answers to the above, and more, may be found on www.dorsetroadsafe.org.uk. – section 29.

Remember it is better to arrive late, than to be late!

Drive well, drive safely.

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – November 2018

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

Well, the long cold fingers of winter are slowly but surely stretching out to touch us as we move into shorter days and longer nights. This of course brings challenges to us all, and especially the elderly and the young as they make their way to and from their respective destinations such as shops, schools, relatives, friends etc.

It also, not unexpectedly, brings challenges to all road users whether they be on two, four or more wheels. Such challenges most commonly encountered being low light levels and reduced visibility, misted up vehicle windows, wet and/or slippery road surfaces, potholes, pedestrians/cyclists not wearing high visible clothing and more.

So, if you have not done so already, do ensure that both you and your vehicle/motorbike/bicycles are fit for the conditions that you will encounter from now until early next year.

So, I suspect some of you will be asking, what has this got to do with Community Speed Watch? The answer is that Broadstone Community Speed Watch does not go into hibernation during the winter months. The reason for this being that it is even more important, in these darker and colder months, that all road users drive carefully and are mindful of the frequently changing conditions. It is also important to have regard for the speed limits in force on our major and minor roads. We will therefore be operating as normal, and we would ask all of you to help us to reduce the risks that arise from unnecessary and inappropriate speeding on our local roads.

Readers of the Broadstone Link magazine will have noticed that the September and October issues carried our plea for volunteers to join the existing Broadstone Community Speed Watch team. To put it simply, without new volunteers, we will not be able to replace those currently and ably carrying out Speed Watch operations in our village. One hour a week is all that is required, and the more volunteers we have the lighter the workload for all.

Thank you.

Drive well and drive safely.

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – October 2018

The Dorset Police Community Speed Watch Unit currently supports over 60 Community Speed Watch teams across Dorset, and it is their stated ambition to create and establish a total of 100 such teams in the near future.

In 2017 the existing Community Speed Watch teams achieved the following;-

Total Community Speed Watch sessions mounted 894
Total number of vehicles monitored 241699
Total number of vehicles observed and recorded as speeding 8605*
Total number of Warning letters issued by Dorset Police 6687

*Speeding as laid down in ACPO guidelines i:e; The posted speed limit plus 10% + 2mph.

The above was an outstanding effort by all concerned, and even more so due to the fact that all the above were carried out by volunteers from your Dorset communities. Such volunteers having been vetted, trained and supported by the Dorset Police CSW Unit.

It will not come as a surprise that the success or otherwise of such an initiative depends wholly upon their being sufficient and suitable volunteers to mount CSW operations, to perform the required tasks involved in carrying out such operations, and to produce the necessary reports at the end of each operation.

The wartime poster stating ‘Your country needs you’ is ever more true if our ever busier roads are to be safe for use by all road users motorists, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and others.

So if you are considering setting up a Speed watch for your community, or maybe joining an existing Speed Watch team, you may do so as follows;-

Contact the PCSO, appointed as CSW liaison officer , in your local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT)

Or

Telephone the non-Emergency Police contact number 101 and seek advice

Or

Go to the Dorset police website, look up CSW, and fill in the on-line enquiry form.

Or

Speak directly to a member of an existing Community Speed watch team

Please note that all existing CSW volunteers, and new volunteers wishing to form, or join, a Community Speed Watch, will have to undergo a basic form of vetting carried out by a suitably qualified Police officer /PCSO. Once accepted suitable volunteers will be trained by Dorset police.

Drive well and drive safely

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – September 2018

The Dorset Police Community Speed Watch Unit currently supports over 60 Community Speed Watch teams across Dorset, and it is their stated ambition to create and establish a total of 100 such teams in the near future.

In 2017 the existing Community Speed Watch teams achieved the following;-

Total Community Speed Watch sessions mounted 894
Total number of vehicles monitored 241699
Total number of vehicles observed and recorded as speeding 8605*
Total number of Warning letters issued by Dorset Police 6687

*Speeding as laid down in ACPO guidelines i:e; The posted speed limit plus 10% + 2mph.

The above was an outstanding effort by all concerned, and even more so due to the fact that all the above were carried out by volunteers from your Dorset communities. Such volunteers having been vetted, trained and supported by the Dorset Police CSW Unit.

It will not come as a surprise that the success or otherwise of such an initiative depends wholly upon their being sufficient and suitable volunteers to mount CSW operations, to perform the required tasks involved in carrying out such operations, and to produce the necessary reports at the end of each operation.

The wartime poster stating ‘Your country needs you’ is ever more true if our ever busier roads are to be safe for use by all road users motorists, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and others.

So if you are considering setting up a Speed watch for your community, or maybe joining an existing Speed Watch team, you may do so as follows;-

Contact the PCSO, appointed as CSW liaison officer , in your local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT)

Or

Telephone the non-Emergency Police contact number 101 and seek advice

Or

Go to the Dorset police website, look up CSW, and fill in the on-line enquiry form.

Or

Speak directly to a member of an existing Community Speed watch team

Please note that all existing CSW volunteers, and new volunteers wishing to form, or join, a Community Speed Watch, will have to undergo a basic form of vetting carried out by a suitably qualified Police officer /PCSO. Once accepted suitable volunteers will be trained by Dorset police.

Drive well and drive safely