Broadstone Community Speed Watch – April 2019

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

April, the month of showers! Or at least that is how it used to be when I was younger. Nowadays it seems that we can still have a threat of snow in the forecast? Thankfully we have now moved our clocks forward into British Summer Time and the promise of lighter mornings and evenings, and this means that your Community Speed Watch team can begin to extend their operating hours and coverage on all of the Broadstone roads authorized and approved by Dorset Police for Community Speed Watch operations.

The winter months have been challenging for all of our road users and ourselves. Despite this, and not unusually, we have witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of road user behaviour over this period. Excess speed, tailgating, faulty headlights, cyclists without any lights and some without any head protection, pedestrians oblivious of what is going on around them, to name but a few.

Out of interest a recent report revealed that 43% of all collisions caused by speeding occur on A roads, whilst 15% occur on B roads. Just 4% of speeding related collisions occur on motorways. This report also stated that of the 5 people killed daily on our UK roads, 2 are caused by speeding, and in the remaining cases speeding is a factor. One possible reason behind the above might be that in a recent survey of drivers, 53% thought that speeding was ‘Okay’?

All that said, in an effort to spread the word and to make ourselves available to you, Broadstone Community Speed Watch will be manning a stand in Broadstone Library on Saturday the 13th April 1000 – 1200 hrs. Do put this event in your diary and come and meet us. We will do our best to answer any questions you may have.

Finally, Broadstone Community Speed Watch have been invited to give a five minute presentation at the Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch AGM in May. This will be another opportunity for you to ‘meet the team’.

Drive safely

BCSW

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – March 2019

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

March, the month when winter might start to release its grip on our weather but more often than not this is too early. That said March is the month in which we put our clocks forward towards summer so the hours of daylight are being extended, so good news for regular road users.

March is also the month when your Community Speed Watch Team will be less restricted by the operating limits imposed by adverse winter conditions and limited hours of daylight, so expect to see your CSW team carrying out more operations at the roadside.

In September last year Dorset Road Safe ran a conference, for Speed Watch Coordinators and volunteers, to highlight the positive impact of Community Speed Watch teams across Dorset. Community Speed Watch volunteers give their time and effort to monitoring speeds in more than 75 village and urban locations. Between them the teams monitor over 285 sites that have been assessed by Police staff, and have been approved for monitoring.

The Community Speed Watch scheme in Dorset is designed to empower local communities in raising awareness of the need for drivers and motorcyclists to observe speed limits on local and urban roads. Statistically the majority of collisions, fatalities and serious injuries occur on such roads. Dorset Police support the scheme by training and supervising Community Speed Watch teams, and by processing the information provided by the teams and sending out advisory letters. In this way the scheme doesn’t penalise the motorists, but is an important tool in Dorset Road Safe’s programme to raise awareness and to educate our driving public.

Between January and September 2018 Community Speed Watch teams conducted more than 750 CSW sessions, each lasting approximately one hour. This represented more than 3000 volunteer hours, and more than 6000 letters were sent to motorists who had been observed and recorded as driving at speeds in excess of current Police guidance for roads with speed limits of 20, 30 and 40 mph.

Remember, safer roads benefit everyone.

Drive safely and drive well.

BCSW

Speedwatch will soon issue fines rather than letter

Speedwatch volunteers may soon issue fines

SPEEDING drivers who are dismissive of Speedwatch volunteers might like to pay a little more attention in future.

Dorset Police will be rolling out a dedicated officer who will move around to work with the county’s 600 Speedwatch helpers. That means it’s likely to result in more drivers getting a fine rather than a warning letter.

Chief Constable James Vaughan revealed the move when talking about his plans for the year ahead at Thursday’s county police and crime panel.

He said volunteers put in some 16,000 hours each year.

“There is a growing sense that they are a toothless tiger – but we will put some sting into that tail,” he said.

“We want to get a full time professional operator so people won’t know whether they will be getting a letter or a fine.”


From Bournemouth Echo 14th February 2019

2018 is Safest Year Ever On Dorset Roads

Since 2012, the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset’s roads has shown a sustained fall.

In 2012 it was 355, in 2018 with figures to be confirmed, it was 239, a reduction of slightly more than 32.

Slight or minor collisions have showed a similar reduction of a little over 30%.

An average of 378 people were killed or seriously injured on Dorset’s roads in the preceding 13 years (1999 – 2011), again showing a steady reduction to the present.

Chief Constable James Vaughan, Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill and Head of Roads Policing Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk have put the positive change down to active and intelligence led roads policing, investment of funds and resources and close partnership working.

Continue reading “2018 is Safest Year Ever On Dorset Roads”

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