Restart and Relaunch For Community Speedwatch In 2021
Posted on behalf of Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner:
Speeding traffic is a regular and emotive concern for communities across Thames Valley and a pilot scheme being announced today is set to help tackle the problem.
As the restrictions are being lifted, local community groups will be able to resume their speedwatch activities as soon as possible but this is only the first step in a revolution in roads safety across Thames Valley.
When restrictions are lifted, schemes will be able to restart their former activity to keep their communities safe by checking for speeding vehicles. At the same time, a pilot scheme will be launched to trial a new system, supporting and training volunteers, as well as capturing the data for community speedwatch in order to better analyse data for potential police activity.
Matthew Barber, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said:
“I’m really excited about this new scheme and the additional support that we can provide to volunteers. Cutting speeding across Thames Valley can save lives and a strong community-led speedwatch scheme can make a real difference.
“Not only will the new scheme provide better backing for volunteers, comprehensive training, and new equipment, but it will also feed information directly into the police.
“Persistent offenders and hotspot locations can then be followed up for police enforcement. Together we can make our streets safer.”
PC Lee Turnham, Thames Valley Police Community Speedwatch Co-ordinator, said:
“Speedwatch has proven in the past to be a deterrent. People drive slower through areas as a result of community speed watch initiatives. The new platform will hopefully provide a community-led approach to reducing excess speed, allowing activity to be community driven.
“This exciting collaboration with Community Speedwatch Online will aim to reduce speed and make our roads safer within Thames Valley.”
Further information on the Community Speedwatch scheme can be found at: https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/speedwatch/.