Broadstone Community Speed Watch – Winter is upon us

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 enquiries@broadstonecsw.uk

Please observe the speed limits, and help to ‘make Broadstone a safer place to live’.

BCSW

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – Autumn 2017

Making Broadstone a safer place to live

Broadstone Community Speed Watch has its own web site www.broadstonecsw.uk. In addition BCSW also publishes information in this magazine, on ‘Twitter’ and on Facebook. Nevertheless, shown below are some statistics which you may find interesting :-

Since Broadstone Community Speed Watch recommenced operations on the 8th May 2017, and up to and including the 25th August 2017, it has:-

  • Mounted 39 Community Speed Watch operations
  • Monitored 10,332 vehicles
  • Observed and recorded 250 vehicles being driven at speeds in excess of that posted on our local roads in and around Broadstone.

Highest vehicle speeds recorded so far are:-

Car 49 mph (30 mph road) Motorcycle 55 mph (40 mph road)

The roads being monitored are:-

Dunyeats Road, Higher Blandford Road, Lower Blandford Road, Springdale Road, West Way, Roman Road, Pinesprings Drive, Clarendon Road and Lancaster Drive.

It may be worth remembering that Community Speed Watch is a National initiative where members of communities join, with the support of the Police, to monitor the speeds of vehicles in their local area.

Every member of Community Speed watch is a volunteer and, from the statistics provided above, you will understand that attracting new volunteers is vital if this level of service to our community is to be maintained. If you wish to know more visit: www.broadstonecsw.uk.

If you have some spare time and are looking for a way to serve your community, and to make Broadstone ‘a safer place to live’, do e-mail us at: enquiries@broadstonecsw.uk.

Stay safe!

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – October 2017

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during October 2017.

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 October to 31st October 2017 ) 12 3119 96
Dunyeats Road 0 0 0
Higher Blandford Road 3 1106 40
Lower Blandford Road 0 0 0
Springdale Road 3 644 16
West Way 1 141 2
Pinesprings Drive 3 975 35
Roman Road 1 187 2
Lancaster Drive 1 66 1
Clarendon Road 0 0 0

Broadstone Speed Watch Statistics for 2017

This table shows totals since the beginning of recording on 8th May 2017 until the end of 2017.

Statistics for all roads monitored in Broadstone in the period 8th May to 31st December 2017.

Location Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (8th May to 30th  November 2017) 79 21870 538
Dunyeats Road 5 2121 10
Higher Blandford Road 16 6130 139
Lower Blandford Road 4 2197 5
Springdale Road 14 3435 92
West Way 5 353 14
Pinesprings Drive 19 5542 218
Roman Road 7 870 26
Lancaster Drive 7 849 34
Clarendon Road 2 373 2

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – September 2017

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during September 2017.

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 Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads – September 2017 13 3428 96
Dunyeats Road 1 406 1
Higher Blandford Road 4 1138 50
Lower Blandford Road 1 548 0
Springdale Road 2 350 17
West Way 1 61 3
Pinesprings Drive 2 633 18
Roman Road 1 154 1
Lancaster Drive 1 138 6
Clarendon Road 0 0 0

 

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – August 2017

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during August 2017.

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 Poole North (Broadstone) Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles  speeding
All roads – August 2017 12 3037 92
Dunyeats Road 1 451 2
Higher Blandford Road 2 817 15
Lower Blandford Road 1 491 3
Springdale Road 2 391 20
West Way 1 66 3
Pinesprings Drive 3 668 43
Roman Road 1 70 3
Lancaster Drive 1 83 3
Clarendon Road 0 0 0
Wentworth Drive 0 0 0

 

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – July 2017

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during July 2017

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 Poole North (Broadstone) Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads – July 2017 11 2391 63
Dunyeats Road 1 442 3
Higher Blandford Road 2 962 10
Lower Blandford Road 0 0 0
Springdale Road 1 167 9
West Way 0 0 0
Pinesprings Drive 2 443 33
Roman Road 2 70 6
Lancaster Drive 2 236 2
Clarendon Road 1 71 0

 

Haven’t you got better things to do with your time?

The other day, whilst carrying out a Speed Watch operation on Springdale Road, an irate motorist pulled up and shouted out “Haven’t you got better things to do with your time?” This, sadly, is a view expressed by a small minority of motorists who seem to believe that speed restrictions are placed on roads for no good reason, and that those who seek to remind motorists of the speed limits are people with ‘nothing better to do’.

Thankfully, the majority of motorists appreciate the fact that speed limits in the United Kingdom are applied to roads for the purposes of road safety (to reduce the number of road casualties), to reduce the negative environmental impacts of traffic, to increase fuel use efficiency and to satisfy local community wishes.

The Department for Transport believes that effective speed management involves many components but that speed limits play a ‘fundamental role’ and are ‘a key source of information to road users’ particularly as an indicator of the nature and risks posed by that road to both themselves and other motorised and non-motorised users.

If your Community Speed Watch team can play a part in improving driver behaviour, reducing the likelihood of one serious accident, reducing the likelihood of serious injury or death on our local roads, then it is difficult to argue that ‘we would have better things to do with our time!’

Drive safely, and help us to ‘make Broadstone a safer place to live’.

A fatal casualty, apart from the obvious impact on family and friends, costs the public purse in the region of £1.4 million in resources – without casualties where better could that money be spent – NHS, Schools etc.