Community SpeedWatch seeks new volunteers

Are you concerned about speeding and antisocial driving in your area, and have a few hours to spare each week?

Community SpeedWatch (CSW) is once again recruiting volunteers for Sussex. We are looking for volunteer coordinators and operators in all areas including Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Woodingdean, Rottingdean, Lewes and Eastbourne.

If interested, you can join by going to www.communityspeedwatch.org and choosing the group from the drop-down list, then following the on-screen prompts. If you can’t find a group listed, you can also register a new group.

Full training is given by Sussex Police following registration. The scheme in Sussex has a proven track record in helping to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads.

CSW officer Steve O’Connell said: “The groups are a valued volunteer resource that help the community enormously in helping to bring the problem of speeding under control, they produce across Sussex in excess of 3,500 records per month that involves letters going out to registered keepers of vehicles via Operation Crackdown.

“The groups are highly trained and work to a strict protocol with equipment issued and accuracy checked by Sussex Police.

“Any vehicles not adhering to the speed limit in residential areas are reported to the police who then go on to issue the letters after verification.

“Sussex Police now have over 200 local groups and 1,300 operators and coordinators across the force area with the Community SpeedWatch Online platform.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and by working together we can effectively help protect our communities from antisocial driving. Remember anyone can report antisocial driving through the Operation Crackdown website. 

“The definition of antisocial driving is: driving that is careless, deliberately aggressive or dangerous.

“We also offer other important road safety advice through the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.” 

Statistics show 90 per cent of offenders don’t reoffend within six months, and Community SpeedWatch intervention reduces speeding in most parishes by eight per cent.

If you would like further information or have an informal discussion, Steve and the CSW team can be contacted by emailing csw@sussex.pnn.police.uk