Safer roads, safer community, safer Broadstone
The Broadstone Community Speed Watch Team wish all Broadstone residents a Happy New year, and pray that 2021 will be full of hope and optimism for everyone.
From a Community Speed Watch perspective 2020 was challenging and difficult in that BCSW roadside operations in Dorset were suspended from March to July 2020, and again from November 2020 to January 2021. These interruptions to our normal activities did have a noticeable impact on our community and local roads in that the numbers of vehicles reported speeding, during both of the periods above, increased dramatically. This phenomenon reported widely and nationally.
Nevertheless, once approval is received from Dorset Police to recommence CSW roadside operations, BCSW will again be carrying out our roadside activities as previously. Mindful of this it may be useful to remind our audience of the aims and intentions of Community Speed Watch.
Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a national initiative where active members of local communities join, with the support of the Police, to monitor the speed of vehicles by way of Police approved speed detection devices.
The aims of Community Speed Watch are to;
- reduce death and injury on roads in the community
- reduce numbers of speeding vehicles
- raise public awareness to inappropriate speeding
- educate and inform
- encourage changes to driver behaviour
All CSW volunteers undergo a suitability assessment before being trained by Police officers to carry out roadside CSW operations. Police officers may also attend and support CSW teams when appropriate.
CSW teams may only operate in daylight hours, and on roads which have been assessed and approved for CSW roadside operations.
Information and data gathered by CSW teams is passed to the Police on completion of every roadside operation.
Offending drivers/motorcyclists may receive a warning letter from the Police. It should be noted that no driver has ever been prosecuted from information provided by CSW.
CSW is a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in our communities.
More information go to www.broadstonecsw.uk
Drive well, drive safely and be considerate.