Warwickshire welcomes new Community Speedwatch groups

11.19 | 5 August 2021 | |

Communities in Warwickshire will hope to benefit from safer roads, thanks to the introduction of ten new Community Speedwatch (CSW) groups.

CSW is a national initiative where active members of local communities join together to monitor speeds of vehicles in their local area with support from the police. 

In Warwickshire each group uses the LTI Speed Lasers independently purchased by either the group itself or the local parish council.

Any vehicles found to be exceeding the speed limit are referred to Warwickshire Police and receive a letter with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. 

However, in cases where education is ignored and there is evidence of repeat or excessive offences, even across county borders, enforcement and prosecution follow.

The new volunteers, who took part in a training course on 5 July, boost the number of CSW groups monitoring speeds in local communities in Warwickshire to 56.

During the day the volunteers learnt how to calibrate and use the speed detection devices to get them ready to conduct roadside speed checks as soon as possible in their local communities. 

The ten new groups include Wootton Wawen, Baginton, Wellesbourne, Newbold (Rugby), Henley, Tanworth, Earlswood, Radford Semele, Pillerton Priors and Hampton Lucy.  

CI Faz Chishty, Warwickshire Police, said: “The feedback from the event has been extremely positive.  

“This is a huge boost for CSW in the county and the volunteers who successfully completed the course have now bolstered the numbers of CSW volunteers who will be monitoring speeds in local communities across the county.”



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