The winter season is upon us and our priorities have changed from keeping cool to keeping warm. One priority however has not changed, and that is to reduce instances of excessive speeding on our roads in and around our Broadstone community.
So BCSW (Broadstone Community Speed Watch) will continue to operate as and when weather conditions allow CSW operations to be mounted.
This time of the year brings many challenges to all road users, and all of you will be aware of what they are but here are a few reminders:-
- Reduced visibility – From iced up or misted windscreens, to fog and mist, all of which reduce the ability of drivers to see clearly what is going on around them. So please ensure you clear your windscreens, side and rear windows before setting off. Reduced visibility also presents challenges to cyclists and pedestrians so look out for each other.
- Slippery road surfaces – look out for wet leaves, surface water and ice which may increase stopping distances for cars and motorcycles, as well as presenting difficulties for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Lights – As we move towards the ‘shortest day of the year’ many road users will be travelling to and from work and other places in the dark. Do make sure that your vehicle’s lights are in good working order and are clean. Cyclists in particular need to be visible with good and operational lights and reflective clothing.
- Keep your distance – Regardless of the speed at which you are driving do leave sufficient distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front, and allow for the unexpected.
Last month’s article include some of the questions put to your Community Speed Watch team by residents who spoke to us, and here are some more:-
Q1. Why are you operating on this road?
A1. When BCSW was set up Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch sought input from Broadstone residents. Based on the feedback received a list of roads was sent to Dorset Police, and these roads were risk assessed by Dorset Police to determine which would be suitable for CSW operations. A total of 9 roads were identified and approved. Since that time all the ‘approved’ roads have been monitored and on every road vehicles have been observed and recorded as being driven at speeds in excess of that posted.
Q2. What if there have not been any accidents, injuries or fatalities?
A2. If speeding vehicles are an issue then Community Speed Watch will operate provided that the road in question is ‘approved’, and this regardless of whether or not there has been an accident, injury or a fatality. The aim of CSW is to raise awareness to existing speed limits, and to encourage drivers of vehicles to change their behaviour.
Q3. Why don’t the Police do this? It is not your job.
A3. It is a well known fact that in the current financial circumstances Police Forces nationally have had to cut manpower resources in order to meet restrictions on their budgets. Dorset is not immune from this so CSW teams have been established to allow communities to contribute to resolving issues affecting them, and excess speed is one such issue. Dorset CSW teams are vetted, trained and supported by Dorset Police.
The Q’s and A’s above are a sample, and more will appear in future publications. If you have a question please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please observe the speed limits, and help to ‘make Broadstone a safer place to live’.