Residents frequently tell me that they’re concerned about the speed of cars on some of our roads. Whilst the Police obviously lead on taking action here, and the Council can make physical changes to improve road safety, a way in which local residents can help is through Community SpeedWatch.

Community SpeedWatch is an Avon & Somerset Police initiative that enables local people to get actively involved in road safety in their neighbourhood, and to help educate road users about the impact of speed on communities.

The initiative involves local residents who are willing to volunteer a small amount of time on a regular basis to monitor vehicle speeds with speed detection equipment. They record and report the details of any vehicle travelling over the threshold speed limit to the Police, who then issue an educational letter to the registered keeper of the vehicle. Repeat offenders or recordings of high end speed will be flagged and targeted by the Police.

By monitoring speeds and reporting to the Police, it gives the Police the evidence they need to allocate their resources to address this anti-social behaviour, but importantly the sheer presence of groups monitoring traffic at the roadside can also have a positive effect, showing motorists that people care about their street and want drivers to slow down.

In particular at the moment, volunteers are needed for a new Community SpeedWatch for Ashley Down Road, which is a particular problem for excess speeds in our Ward. If you are interested in helping out, either in this area or elsewhere, please get in touch at 20mph[at]  / 0117 3576 192. More information can be found on Avon & Somerset Police’s website:

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