Keynsham community urged to help cut speeding

October 05 2013

Keynsham could get its first Community Speed Watch scheme – if residents step forward to help set it up.

Keynsham could get its first Community Speed Watch scheme – if residents step forward to help set it up.

Following regular complaints of speeding on Charlton Road, PC Lisa Hawtin, the town’s beat manager, is hoping to put together a group of volunteers to tackle the issue.

Residents who could volunteer a small amount of time each week would be trained to use speed detection equipment, and would set up their own “watches” at optimum times with help from the town’s police community support officers.

The results are then fed back to the police who send warning letters to speeding drivers, with further action taken against any repeat offenders.  
Communities have set up more than 100 Speed Watch schemes across the Avon and Somerset area, with eight in Bath and North East Somerset.

Lisa Hawtin said the scheme had worked well in other areas, including Bath, Midsomer Norton and Farmborough, and Charlton Road was a good place to start in Keynsham.

She said: “Speeding is affecting the lives of residents in Keynsham and the pinch points on Charlton Road make it particularly dangerous.

“The community can do something to help by setting up their own Speed Watch scheme. We often find that just seeing someone in a high-vis jacket can make drivers slow down.”

Charlton Road currently has a 30mph speed limit, with the lower part, from the Charlton Park junction, due to be included in the 20mph zone being created in Keynsham this month.

Figures from the Department of Transport show that speed was one of the major factors in  collisions that killed or seriously injured 3,267 people in the UK in 2011.

Chief Inspector Yan Georgiou, from the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a proven effective way of reducing speed and educating the public about the dangers of speeding, especially in residential areas.

“The scheme enables the police, partners and communities to work together to help reduce road deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

“We have a number of schemes that are already successfully operating in the B&NES area thanks to the dedicated volunteers who give up their time to help make their communities safer.”

To find out more about setting up a Speed Watch in Keynsham, contact PC Lisa Hawtin on 101 or 07717 868227.