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Community Speed Watch in Hardwick was resurrected at the request of residents when it became clear from the Hardwick Village Plan survey that reducing speed through the village was one of the top three safety concerns. Speed Watch on its own cannot reduce speed but gives drivers a reminder of the speeds they are travelling. Drivers and physical traffic calming measures reduce speeds.
- protection for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers,
- reduces casualty severity in accidents.
What is Speed Watch?
Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.
Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences is collated, enforcement and prosecution can follow.
All volunteers take a training course given by Cambridge Constabulary which sets out guidance and rules of operation. The locations of operation within the Village are set by the Police.
Volunteers will collect the time, speed and vehicle registration of those who trigger speeds above those set and submit a return to the Police Business Unit. A nil return is also required and shows the operation is successful. Consistent nil returns shows successful operations.