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Get involved in road safety

Road safety means different things to different people, but what is clear is that everyone wants to feel safe on and near our roads.

Motorists who speed through residential neighbourhoods are very often unaware of the impact on local residents, or the danger they pose to other road users and pedestrians and this is something we are working with communities to address.

  • Exceeding the speed limit or travelling too fast for conditions is a factor in almost a quarter (22%) of fatal collisions on roads in Britain last year 
  • Speeding is one of the top four contributing factors in collisions.
  • There have been 416 fatal or serious injury collisions in the past year in Avon and Somerset.

Avon and Somerset Police encourage residents to reduce their speed, improve safety within their community and help prevent fatal collisions. In every case, travelling at higher speeds increases the distance it takes to stop and can increase the severity of the crash, the risk of loss of life and the extent of serious injury.

There are just over 100 active Community SpeedWatch groups in the force area which give local people the opportunity to get actively involved in road safety with support from the Constabulary’s Speed Enforcement Unit. Community SpeedWatch is a partnership between the Community, the Police and Local Authorities and volunteers do a fantastic job in tackling speeding motorists, making their local communities safer and improving road safety.

Supt Andy Williams, Head of Road Safety in Avon and Somerset Constabulary says; “Speeding has a huge impact on people’s lives and is a significant factor in many road traffic collisions. Community SpeedWatch groups collate information about potential risk areas and highlight possible offenders. This provides the police with an opportunity to offer education and warnings ahead of penalties.”

A SpeedWatch consists of local residents, who are willing to volunteer a small amount of time each week to monitor speeds with speed detection equipment. Vehicles observed speeding above a set threshold will be sent a warning letter along with advice to help change their driving behaviour. Further action will be taken by the police against persistent and high end speed offenders as well as targeting individual locations.

Get involved

If you feel that Community SpeedWatch could help to improve your quality of life, contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team who will help you get set up. A new group can be set up in any village, small town, or urban area, governed by a 20, 30 or 40 miles per hour speed limit. You can, join an existing scheme, set up a new scheme or enquire for more information.

To contact the team go to Your Area page and search for your postcode.