After running for a number of years how is the Community Speedwatch programme being monitored in terms of its effectiveness of reducing levels of speeding in the areas that it operates in?
Community Roadwatch is an important initiative in helping to tackle speed and attitudes towards speeding, which is a key source of danger on London’s Roads. Community Roadwatch is one part of a wide range of activities to tackle speed used by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Transport for London (TfL), together with lowering speed limits, on-street and camera enforcement, behaviour change activities and communication campaigns. This makes it difficult to measure the effectiveness of one intervention alone in reducing levels of speeding.
Community Roadwatch gives residents the opportunity to work side-by-side with their local police teams and use speed detection equipment to identify speeding vehicles in their communities. Warning letters are issued to speeding drivers and the information informs future police deployments. Community Roadwatch launched in 2017 and nearly 4,000 sessions have been held so far, with over 88,281 drivers being caught speeding. TfL’s research shows that one-fifth of Londoners claim to be aware of ‘Community Roadwatch’, and over half of those think it’s effective, rising to almost three in four among those with children in the household.