The Worlington Community Speed Watch scheme has been running for 5 years and allows members of our community to address concerns about speeding on local roads by becoming actively involved in road safety. It addresses the problem of speeding in the village through the joint work of the police, the local community and Worlington Parish Council.
We aim to help reduce speed in areas of concern for local residents and to make drivers aware that excessive speed within posted limits is socially unacceptable.
What are the benefits?
- Fewer fatalities and serious injury collisions.
- Increase in road safety awareness by and for all road users.
- Enhancing the role of community members as volunteers.
- Raise awareness of anti-social road use.
The scheme is run with the support of our local Suffolk Constabulary Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provide training and guidance for our volunteers. Speed monitoring is carried out by trained volunteers in hi-vis jackets, usually in teams of three, working on a rota basis. We use speed detectors and record and verify the registration numbers of offending vehicles. We monitor from locations chosen by the scheme, which are local ‘hotspots'. Details of vehicles exceeding the prescribed speed limit are forwarded to Suffolk Constabulary who then send letters to the registered keeper asking for their cooperation by reducing speed in the community. Persistent offenders may be targeted for police enforcement, supporting and reinforcing the work carried out by the local CSW teams.
Nick Foster is the Worlington CSW scheme coordinator and is always looking for volunteers to join the team. If you are over 18 years of age and interested in helping keep our roads safe, please contact him on 07495 764609 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest and discuss what is involved.
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