Shout Out for VolunteersJoin Councillor Emily Trow to make your area a safer place
We’re delighted that Councillor Emily Trow has stepped forward to work with Wiltshire Police to try to re-establish an active community speed watch group.
Residents have told us they are concerned about speeding: specifically in London Road, Kingsbury Street and Poulton Hill. However Herd Street, Salisbury Road, George Lane, Bath Road and other areas have also been mentioned to us. The data recorded by our Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) show that drivers are sometimes exceeding 100mph in 30mph limits.
Vehicles don’t speed or cause accidents: careless drivers do. Schemes like Community Speed Watch (CSW) together with SIDs can help to remind drivers of the safe, maximum speed limits.
This is where you come in! Can you spare some time to join Emily to make YOUR neighbourhood a Community Speed Watch Area? It can only become a reality if willing members of the community volunteer to get involved….
Please consider giving up a small amount of time to help make our town a safer place.
To find out what’s involved, please contact Clare Harris at Marlborough Town Council via email email@example.com or call 01672 512487.
Emily was co-opted to the Town Council for East Ward on 18 September. We’re really grateful to her for getting involved so quickly on behalf of the community she represents.
How it works
Community Speed Watch is a scheme run by local communities, supported by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council. It gives concerned residents a chance to help combat speeding in their area.
Volunteers carry out roadside checks on the speed of vehicles using a speed detection device and record the registration number of those exceeding the speed limit. The owners of the vehicles are then sent warning letters by Wiltshire Police drawing attention to the offence and advising the drivers of the consequences of excess speed:
The speed limit is there for a reason
By encouraging drivers to keep within this limit we hope to prevent an accident
The risk of death is approximately four times higher to pedestrians at 40mph than at 30mph
Fatal accidents are four times as likely on rural roads