Community Speed Watch

Community Speed Watch

Community Speed Watch is a scheme to monitor vehicle speeds in local areas managed by Hampshire Constabulary’s Safer Neighbourhoods teams but run in partnership with them by trained and authorised volunteers. In November 2012 the scheme was launched in Warsash. With funding from a number of local authority sources and from the Residents Association the scheme uses specialist equipment both to monitor vehicle speeds and to display them to drivers. Community Speed Watch is regarded by the police as an educational scheme and the teams have no power to issue a summons or a fine to a speeding motorist but the registration details of vehicles travelling too fast are logged and recorded on to a police controlled database. Motorists travelling significantly above the speed limit will receive letters advising them of their speed and persistent offenders will be drawn to the attention of the police who can take enforcement action if necessary.

The scheme is supervised in Warsash by Residents Association committee member Michele Corrigan who has a small group of trained volunteers from the community working with her to operate the equipment in teams around the village and similar schemes are now also operating in Swanwick and Burridge.

The teams are a familiar site on local roads, however Michele still needs more volunteers to make the scheme more effective, a commitment of only a few hours per month would be required from each volunteer and if you would like to help please contact Michele or any Residents Association committee member who will put you in touch with her. See 'Contact Us' page.

Local press coverage:

The Portsmouth News published an article in 2013 about the Speed Watch schemes in Warsash and Titchfield highlighting the efforts of the local teams. You can read a copy of the article here.

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