Community Speed Watch (CSW)
The team conducted CSW along the Lower Westwood Road in
September. It was badly affected by rain and only four days could be used. 930 vehicles were monitored and this
included 60 speeders (6.5% of the total) of which 18 were excessive speeders
(1.9% of the total). These values are
significantly lower than the normal fraction of speeders which is usually 9% or
more. It remains to be seen whether this is a temporary anomaly or a more
At the time of
writing the team are conducting the 22nd session of CSW since it
first started in February 2014. A member of the village has expressed interest
in joining the team and helping to keep the village safe. New members get
trained by the police at Devizes HQ during an evening or
a Saturday morning. If you wish to learn more about what this entails please
contact me at the address below - without any obligation.
Alan Wheals (CSW
Article published: 22 Nov 2016
Community Speed Watch (CSW)
The CSW team monitored vehicle speeds along the Lower
Westwood Road for 7.5 hours spread over the first two weeks of August. Of the
1119 vehicles recorded, 107 were speeding (9.6% of the total) with 34 of those
(3% of the total) travelling at 30 mph, which is 50% above the speed limit.
Until now the team has been restricted to just two weeks of
measuring vehicle speeds when they had access to a laser speed monitoring
device (“speed gun”). This has now changed and the team now have access to a
speed gun for a 4-week period. This will enable the team to monitor speeds over
a longer period and may mean that when a monitoring session gets “rained off”
the team can return when the weather improves.
There are over 110 teams in Wiltshire using speed guns. If
any members of the village, especially newcomers, are interested in knowing
more about joining the team and helping to keep the village safe, please
contact me at the address below without any obligation.
Alan Wheals (firstname.lastname@example.org); 19/9/2016
Article published: 27 Sep 2016
Community Speed Watch
The CSW team
checked vehicle speeds along the Lower Westwood Road in June. Rain interrupted
many sessions so less than 1,000 vehicles were monitored. The data were typical
in that speeding vehicles (25mph or more) comprised approximately 10% of the
total; this includes 2% that were speeding at 30mph or more. The team are still
keen to recruit new CSW members. You would be trained by the police during an
evening or Saturday session at police HQ in Devizes. If you are interested you
can contact me, without any obligation, at email@example.com.
Article published: 07 Aug 2016
Community Speed Watch – Support Your Team
The Westwood Community Speed Watch (CSW) team helps monitor vehicle speeds along Lower Westwood. It also reports speeding vehicles to the police. The CSW team has lost some members of the team as a result of people moving away from the village. If you can spare a little time every now and then, and want to help maintain road safety within Westwood, why not join the team? You will just need to undergo basic training from the Wiltshire Police by spending a couple of hours at Devizes HQ one evening. This is a fun and informative session where the police give you a brief talk on CSW and how to use the speed device. You will also be taken on a fascinating tour around the police vehicle bays.
We share the speed device with other CSW teams from nearby villages and only operate for a few days every 2 months. Each period is planned in advance, and you choose the days/times that suit you. With 2 or 3 people on site each time, we operate the speed device, record vehicle information and do a total vehicle count (using a clicker). You can join an experienced CSW Team and offer as much or as little time as suits you!
If you want to join or simply want to know more, contact me without any obligation via email or the Parish Council.
Alan Wheals (firstname.lastname@example.org); CSW Team LeaderArticle published: 27 Jan 2016
The team planned to monitor vehicle speeds on 17 occasions
during the last CSW. However, wet weather caused cancellation of some sessions
and the school holidays also reduced overall vehicle activity. A total of 1152 vehicles
were counted of which 10% were recorded as speeding at 25mph or more. This is a
higher fraction than usual but we have noticed similar increases before when
traffic density was lower than usual.
Dr Allan Parker, one of the longest serving members of the
CSW team (and former Chair of the PC), will be moving away from the village.
This reduces the size of the small CSW team. We are very keen to recruit (and
train) new members of the team. If you are interested in becoming a member or just want to know more about what is involved in CSW,
please contact me (without any obligation).
Cllr Alan Wheals (email@example.com), CSW Team Leader
Article published: 17 Nov 2015
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