Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a national initiative where, in partnership with the police, members of communities use detection devices to monitor local vehicle speeds.
The volunteers report drivers exceeding the speed limit to the police with the aim of educating drivers to slow down.
If the data proves a driver is ignoring repeated warnings police can prosecute them. The aim is to:
- reduce death and injury on the roads
- improve the quality of life for local communities
- reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit
- increase public awareness of inappropriate speed
Community Speedwatch does not result in prosecution itself. However, if a persistent speeding driver is identified through the scheme, police can use this evidence to take action against them if required. If there is a persistent general speeding issue where highway improvements are required (eg speedbumps), the relevant agency will be contacted.
Join Community Speedwatch
To become part of CSW, please go to CSW Online to register and for more information. CSW Online works on behalf of the police and communities to organise and coordinate CSW activity.
Volunteers receive training, and neighbourhood policing team staff will support them.