Westwood Community Speedwatch (CSW)

The period covered by CSW 24 included the end of February and the beginning of March. By then day length had increased sufficiently for the teams to start early (7.30am) and end late (6.00pm) if they so wished.

We were lucky with the weather and so only a few planned sessions had to be cancelled. A total of 1199 vehicles were monitored of which exactly 100 (8.34%) were speeding (25mph or more) including 18 who were speeding excessively (30mph or 50% above the speed limit).

Until recently the percentage of speeders has consistently been 9% or more since CSW started at the beginning of 2014. For the fourth time in a row the value has been less than this and as low as 6.5% and not more than 8.3% (based on counts of over 4200 vehicles). We will continue to monitor road speeds to see whether this change in driver behaviour is a statistical anomaly or is real.

If anyone in the village would like to help by joining the team, you would be invited to attend a training session run by Wiltshire Police at HQ in Devizes. They hold regular evening and/or Saturday morning sessions throughout the year. If you have any queries I can be contacte
Article published: 26 Mar 2017

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 permanent effect!

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 Coordinator). alan.wheals@gmail.com


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 (alan.wheals@gmail.com); 19/9/2016


Article published: 27 Sep 2016

Community Speed Watch (CSW)

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 alan.wheals@gmail.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 (alan.wheals@gmail.com); CSW Team Leader


Article published: 27 Jan 2016

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