Tue 20 October 2020

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If you are concerned about speeding vehicles in your road, street or village then you can do something about it and can sign up to take part in Community Speed Watch, (CWS).  To start a Watch please contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team at www.devon-cornwall.police.uk, or contact your local Beat Police Constable or Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who you can contact by phone on the 101 number.  By email at speedwatch@devoncornwall.pnn.police.uk
How does it work?
  • Community Speed Watch aims to educate drivers who exceed the speed limit and make communities safer by reducing vehicle speeds.
  • Volunteers assist the Police in achieving this aim by monitoring vehicle speeds in locations where speeding is a known problem.
  • Volunteers are vetted by the Police and only operate at Police approved sites.  They are trained in using monitoring equipment and Health & Safety at no cost to the volunteer.
  • Volunteers record and log details of vehicles exceeding the speed limit from which a staged warning system is employed using advisory letters.
  • Details of vehicles monitored repeatedly exceeding the speed limit are passed on to the local Police Force for attention and further action.
  • Community Speed Watch operates under the direction of the Police.  Any abuse, threats, acts of intimidation or violence towards volunteers will be reported and they will be instructed not to get involved with disputes. 
Community Speed Watch aims to make communities safer.
Who can take part ?
Public spirited people, who are prepared to spend time and effort, in helping to provide a safer environment for local people and communities.
The Vetting is carried out by the Police and involves filling in a short form with a minimum of questions and all is covered by the Data Protection Act.  All information given will not be used for any other purpose.
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Speed limits are there for a reason, (Speed Kills).
  • Speed is a significant factor in fatal road collisions.
  • The difference of a few mph can mean the difference between life and death.
  • Small increases in speed can have significant consequences.
  • The faster someone is driving the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens.
  • Adjust speed according to the conditions of the road.
  • Consider the consequences of causing injury or death to others due to driving at excess speed.
  • Don’t assume it is safe to break the speed limit because there is less traffic on an open road ahead.
  • There may be unexpected hazards ahead on the road.
A moment of thought before you drive may save a lot of regret and remorse after.
School Speed Watch (SSW).
  • School Speed Watch operates under the control and direction of the Police and aims to reduce danger to children from speeding vehicles near schools.
  • School Speed watch takes place near schools and involves children monitoring traffic speeds outside their school with their local Police.
  • School Speed Watch involves speeding drivers being stopped by the Police and invited to be interviewed by the school children and listen to their concerns.  They may ask questions such as:
  • “Why were you going too fast?”
  • “How would you feel if you knocked over or killed me or one of my friends?”
  • “What if it was your child or a member of your family?”
We want drivers who have experienced School Speed Watch to go away from it and think hard about the questions they were asked, understand that they have avoided prosecution and have the opportunity to modify their driving behaviour.
For further information contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on
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Facts about fatal and serious injury collisions on Devon and Cornwall’s roads.
Many fatal and serious injury collisions on Devon and Cornwall’s roads involve one or more of the following factors:
  • Inappropriate or excessive speed.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Not wearing a seat belt.
  • Driver distractions such as a mobile phone.
If driving with any of these factors present, you are putting your life and the lives of your passengers, as well as other road users, at serious risk of harm.
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Why should I get involved?
  • To provide a useful service to the local community.
  • Make positive use of my spare time.
  • Share with others good actions and ideas of improvement.
  • Keep our local citizens safe and look after the less able.
  • To look after our children and older residents.
  • Encourage others to participate in public spirited actions.
  • Gain experience and knowledge and self-confidence.
  • Become more involved and useful to the local community.
  • Make new friends and be able to provide a very useful service.
  • Provide greater self-satisfaction in supporting your local community.
Action is better than words.
Not only talk about it but do it.
Positive thoughts and actions bring ‘Results’.
                                                                                                                                      Tom Carrick 19.02.15.