Community Speed Watch volunteer in action
Volunteers who help to keep roads safe across South Gloucestershire will be out in force on Friday July 19 for a Speed Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) day of action.
There are about 200 people who give up their time to monitor speeds on roads where local people have raised concerns about speeding traffic.
South Gloucestershire Community Speed Watch chair Terry Osborne said: “Our aim is to make our roads safer for everyone. We work in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council and Avon and Somerset Police.
“We’re always on the lookout for new volunteers who could spare a couple of hours each month. Every volunteer is given special training by the police. We don’t have any power to stop or fine drivers, but we pass the details of speeding vehicles to local police, who issue warning letters.”
Community Safety Inspector Gerry Treacy said: “We’re really grateful to our Community Speed Watch volunteers. They give up their own time to monitor traffic speed near schools and on residential roads. The details they pass on enable us to educate people who drive too fast about the danger they pose to more vulnerable road users like children and the elderly as well as to themselves.
“We know that the faster they are travelling the less time drivers have to react to unexpected hazards. People are also more likely to be more seriously hurt if a collision happens at higher speed.”
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Road Safety is one of my priorities highlighted in the Police and Crime Plan after you told me that it was one of the things that was most important to you.
“Community Speed Watch volunteers do a fantastic job in their communities by selflessly helping to make the roads and streets a safer place to be for their communities.
“Working with the police, partners and volunteers we will continue to support initiatives like these to further reduce incidents of dangerous driving and accidents on our roads.”
Community Speed Watch groups run in Almondsbury/Horton, Badminton, Bitton/Wick, Bradley Stoke, Coalpit Heath, Codrington, Cromhall, Dodrington, Downend and Bromley Heath, Elberton, Frampton Cotterell, Hallen, Hanham, Hawkesbury Upton, Latteridge, Longwell Green/Oldland, Patchway/Stoke Lodge, Pilning and Severn Beach, Pucklechurch, Rangeworthy, Severnside, Siston /Warmley, Stoke Gifford, Thornbury, Tormarton, Tytherington, Westerleigh, Wickwar, Winterbourne and Yate.
If you are interested in joining or setting up a speed watch in your area and would like to find out more please visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or call your neighbourhood team on 101.
Posted on Friday 19th July 2013