Since March 2015 a small group of volunteers have been working with Avon and Somerset Police monitoring traffic speed on Crews Hole Rd, Troopers Hill and Blackswarth Rd. Owners of vehicles recorded by the volunteers as being driven at excessive speeds have received letters from police.
This gentle reminder approach to encouraging responsible driving could be judged to be working. Between June 2016 and mid-October 2016 the volunteer monitored traffic for an hour a week. They counted 3,344 vehicles of which 404 were driven at 27 mph or above in the 20mph limited roads. During that time they only recorded 8 people repeatedly driving at these speeds and they were only recorded twice.
The team are now down to 2 members and will run their last opertion on 6th February UNLESS new volunteers come forward. If you have an hour a week or fortnight to spare please find more information and follow up the contacts on www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/csw
A report about the early days of the team can be read on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/speedwatch-2/
The team would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the responsible drivers keeping to speed limits and driving appropriately for road conditions. As you can see here when traffic is heavier, the responsible drivers keep those breaking the law to a low percentage. Problems increase when there is lighter traffic and this is when road incidents with the worst injuries occur.
Thanks to the statistics the team have gathered, police have been informed about the days of the week, the times of day and the locations where the worst offending occurs. The police can then make the best use of time from their speed enforcment unit to cover an area and issue appropriate penalties and advice.
If you think the efforts of these volunteers are worthwhile please volunteer to keep this group running.