Thursday, 15 May 2008

What speed? What colour? What make? What model?

Community Speedwatch
If you think you could answer the questions above easily as a car whizzes by, then you may be the perfect candidate for a community speedwatch near you! Speedwatch is a scheme to help people reduce speeding traffic though their community. It incorporates poster campaigns linked to direct action using radar speed guns and Vehicle Activated Signs, all under the supervision of the County Council. The use of the radar devices may not initially lead to prosecution (although multiple letters might) - drivers will get a letter from the police instead - but will help to underline the community’s commitment to reducing speed.

A Wrecclesham scheme was started up about 2 years ago, but recently has floundered a little due to difficultly getting enough people who can answer the above questions. Wrecclesham Hill was the prime target, with vehicles flying by throughout the day. What I have noticed though is the setting up of vehicle activated signs, which I happen to think are great.

What I didn't know though, was that there was now a scheme in Rowledge. A resident popped into our coffee shop at the weekend and happened to mention it, so I'm hoping to meet up with one of the organisers soon.

I'll blog some more when I have better information about how help's needed in both these schemes. But, in the meantime, if you're a Top Gear fanatic, you may be just the person we need. (Although the cars are not all likely to be Ferraris, Porsches or Aston Martins)

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