A Community Speedwatch group has been set up in Ridgewood, particularly to focus on the Eastbourne Road, out to the Fernley Park estate.
It has won the backing of Uckfield Town Council which has agreed in principle to pay £800 for equipment – kit that could be used elsewhere in the town, if other properly constituted groups are formed.
The move is one of a number of initiatives to bring speeding motorists in Uckfield to heel.
Speedwatch is separate to the town council’s initiative, using different equipment – a Speed Indicator Device (SID) – as reported in this UckfieldNews story earlier this month.
Members of the town council’s general purposes committee agreed on Monday (January 22) to buy a Speedwatch radar device to check speeds, and the associated tablet computer for the town, subject to obtaining reassurance from Sussex Police on the on-going maintenance of the software and who had financial responsibility for updating the equipment
The encrypted mini-computer is used to hold and transmit the data so that results can be analysed.
Town mayor, Cllr Louise Eastwood, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said she fully supported the scheme and purchase of the equipment but wanted reassurance about ongoing costs.
A report to members of the committee said the Ridgewood group was working closely with Sussex Police to undertake training in use of the equipment.
“The scheme is well organised and there are set procedures which the group have to follow to become registered, and to be able to use the device and equipment.
“By following guidelines set out by the police, volunteers are then covered by Sussex Police public liability insurance,” the report to councillors said.
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, Uckfield New Town, said it was important for the volunteers to be consistent and monitor speeds regularly over a lengthy period.
*Uckfield Town Council has also funded five speed surveys in London Road, Eastbourne Road and Church Street.
What is Community Speedwatch?
Community Speedwatch is a national initiative where active members of the public are supported by the police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.
Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the police with the aim of educating drivers.
In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences is collated, enforcement and prosecution follow.
Volunteers are trained and supported by the police.
Information source: www.communityspeedwatch.co.uk
Just how fast do they go?
Speeds exceeding the limit by 50 per cent are regarded as excessive.
The Community Speedwatch website gives data of excessive speeds recorded by group members. Top speeds reported are:
- In a 40mph limit – 76mph at Hawkhurst (Kent) by a Mercedes on January 19
- In a 30mph limit – 77mph at Hakwhurst by a BMW on October 10 last year
- In a 20mph limit – 58mph at Chevening and Chipstead (Kent) by a BMW on Auguat 24 last year