Community Speed Watch is a scheme to allow volunteers to monitor the speed of passing vehicles using a hand-held speed detection device. The volunteers record the details of vehicles which are exceeding the speed limit by around 10%. These details are passed to the Police, who will issue a letter to the vehicle owner, advising them of the dangers of speeding, and reminding them of the law. If three letters are issued to the same vehicle owner, the Police carry out further investigation. Community Speed Watch may only reduce vehicle speeds when the volunteers are present at the road side. However, there should be a significant effect on vehicle drivers who receive letters as a result of exceeding the speed limit. Other drivers may continue to reduce their speeds at all times, as they might expect Speed Watch to return to the same place, or appear in another area of the village. Do you want to help stop speeding in Holcombe? Volunteer for Speed Watch now.
Reducing vehicle speeds increases safety because:
- The vehicle has travelled less distance before the driver can react to a hazard
- Breaking distance is reduced, so the vehicle can stop more quickly before a hazard
- A slower moving vehicle will exert less energy on occupants as the vehicle rapidly changes speed on impact (crashes)
- A slower moving vehicle will transfer less energy to a pedestrian in the event of a collision.