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Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a road safety initiative that’s coordinated by Kent Police and run by local communities. Trained volunteers monitor the speeds of vehicles using approved ‘speed indication devices’ (SIDs).
The aim of the initiative is to:
A list of registered Speedwatch schemes is available. Some schemes may not be live or active, please email us for more information about existing schemes.
A scheme can be set-up when speeding traffic has been flagged as a concern by a local resident, parish council or a neighbourhood team.
It's free to start a Speedwatch scheme. We will provide the third-party insurance cover, hi-visibility jackets, and access to our website to report speeding offences.
Typically, a roadside session lasts for one hour, but this can be determined by the group at the roadside.
To set-up a CSW scheme, the following criteria must be met:
Once this criteria has been met, email our team and we will help you start up your scheme.
If it's raining, icy, foggy, or misty, Speedwatch is not permitted to be operated as the skid risk is higher. Speedwatches can only operate 30 minutes after sunrise and 30 minutes before sunset. They cannot operate at night.
There are many types of suitable SIDs available. Kent Speedwatch may be able to loan you SID equipment, if available. New schemes often buy their own device or arrange to share one with another nearby scheme. New SIDs cost around £2,000. We do not make commercial recommendations.
We collect the data about vehicle speeds and assess it. If problems with speeding and dangerous driving are shown, appropriate action is taken. This may include:
Drivers caught speeding are sent warning letters. Where drivers have been seen on four occasions in a 12-month period in Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Thames Valley, Devon, and Cornwall, police officers will visit the driver at their address.
All vehicles are checked for tax and MOT. Any vehicles without these, may have action taken against them. Letters sent to owners will also check for that their insurance is valid.
Alan Watson, Kent Police Community Speedwatch Manager:
The aim of the scheme is not to catch as many speeding drivers as possible, but to encourage them to drive within the speed limit. Feedback from our group members suggests that motorists visibly slow down when they see the volunteers by the roadside carrying out speed monitoring. In many local areas where Community Speedwatch is already in place, residents have seen a positive change in driver behaviour and compliance with the speed limit and we look forward to replicating those results across more areas in the future.
To become part of CSW, register online to register or find more information.
Volunteers will receive training, and support from the Neighbourhood Policing Team.
If you are concerned about speeding traffic, contact your local officers to raise concerns.
Follow @KentSpeedwatch on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest information or to get in touch with us.