Volunteers catch 336 motorists speeding through Alderholt - many at double the limit

Volunteers catch 336 motorists speeding through Alderholt - many at double the limit

Volunteers catch 336 motorists speeding through Alderholt - many at double the limit

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A CRACK team of volunteers have put the brakes on speeding in Alderholt, after clocking more than 300 people racing through the village - many at double the limit.

Since the Alderholt Community Speed Watchgroup formed in February, random, roadside speed checks have curbed the speeding epidemic that has blighted the village.

Volunteers have carried out 21 speed checks, finding 336 motorists exceeding the speed limit.

Villagers do speed checks in daylight hours using handheld cameras after being trained by the police.

Police community support officer Steve Willis of the Rural East Dorset Safer Neighbourhood Team says the success of Community Speed Watch across East Dorset has prompted the force to spread the net wider, with Alderholt becoming the latest town to step up the campaign.

He said: “Many of those motorists were travelling at almost double the 30mph speed limit. This demonstrates the need for the CSW in Alderholt and we would like to thank the volunteers who have given up their own time in addressing this community problem.

“The Alderholt CSW team have received positive feedback from the local community who have noticed a reduction in the speed of vehicles in the area since the initiative started.

“Speeding increases the risk of serious injury and fatal collisions and CSW has a huge part to play in reducing road casualties across Dorset.

“I would like to remind motorists that Dorset Police and the Dorset Safety Camera Partnership will continue to carry out enforcement activity in Alderholt and throughout the county to catch those motorists who disregard the law.”

The move to form the CSW group in the village followed scores of complaints from residents, claiming that anti-social drivers were putting lives at risk, particularly in Station Road and nearby car parks.

One Station Road resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “Because Station Road is long and straight, you can hear the boy racers tearing up and down the road. I would definitely say that the problem has slowed down since the Speed Watch campaign.”

Dorset Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team officers help groups set up with practical advice and support.

Volunteers use hand-held devices to record and take details of the motorists seen speeding, also noting drivers suspected of using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt. The police then send warning letters to these motorists.

The information collected also helps Dorset Police identify areas and times for targeted road safety operations.

Anyone who would like to join the Community Speed Watch team or start a new group can visit www.dorset.police.uk or ring 101.

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7:18am Fri 11 Jul 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

It's not just 'boy racers' that ignore 30 mph speed limits.

It's pretty much all types, both sexes, all ages.

The 30 mph signs around our towns and villages are, by at least 80% of drivers, seen as meaningless.
It's not just 'boy racers' that ignore 30 mph speed limits. It's pretty much all types, both sexes, all ages. The 30 mph signs around our towns and villages are, by at least 80% of drivers, seen as meaningless. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 4

2:51pm Mon 14 Jul 14

whiteparishoner says...

Do you know how many motorists nationwide wide have had points on their licences as a result of CSW reports? Precisely none.

CSW is a sop to "concerned residents" that "something is being done" by the police. The cops love CSW as it makes them look good, gets others to do their job for them and means little or no paperwork.

There are a lot of things wrong with the story above. Is the speeding really in car parks? It is said that Station Road is "long and straight" and therefore presumably has a low hazard density. What are the CSW people suggesting is done? Speed humps?
Do you know how many motorists nationwide wide have had points on their licences as a result of CSW reports? Precisely none. CSW is a sop to "concerned residents" that "something is being done" by the police. The cops love CSW as it makes them look good, gets others to do their job for them and means little or no paperwork. There are a lot of things wrong with the story above. Is the speeding really in car parks? It is said that Station Road is "long and straight" and therefore presumably has a low hazard density. What are the CSW people suggesting is done? Speed humps? whiteparishoner
  • Score: 5

11:07am Tue 15 Jul 14

Sandy Heath says...

whiteparishoner wrote:
Do you know how many motorists nationwide wide have had points on their licences as a result of CSW reports? Precisely none.

CSW is a sop to "concerned residents" that "something is being done" by the police. The cops love CSW as it makes them look good, gets others to do their job for them and means little or no paperwork.

There are a lot of things wrong with the story above. Is the speeding really in car parks? It is said that Station Road is "long and straight" and therefore presumably has a low hazard density. What are the CSW people suggesting is done? Speed humps?
CSW volunteers are not police and are unable to produce evidence acceptable in law so obviously no motorists can receive points for speeding as a result of a CSW warning letter from the police . This is not the aim of the scheme which is to educate and deter. In my area the speedwatch data has also provided evidence to the police on where to deploy their own speed recording devices: these do result in licence points for offenders.
[quote][p][bold]whiteparishoner[/bold] wrote: Do you know how many motorists nationwide wide have had points on their licences as a result of CSW reports? Precisely none. CSW is a sop to "concerned residents" that "something is being done" by the police. The cops love CSW as it makes them look good, gets others to do their job for them and means little or no paperwork. There are a lot of things wrong with the story above. Is the speeding really in car parks? It is said that Station Road is "long and straight" and therefore presumably has a low hazard density. What are the CSW people suggesting is done? Speed humps?[/p][/quote]CSW volunteers are not police and are unable to produce evidence acceptable in law so obviously no motorists can receive points for speeding as a result of a CSW warning letter from the police . This is not the aim of the scheme which is to educate and deter. In my area the speedwatch data has also provided evidence to the police on where to deploy their own speed recording devices: these do result in licence points for offenders. Sandy Heath
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Matt24 says...

They often have CSW when driving through Coombe Bissett. Absolutely pointless in my opinion, without having any authority. I never tend to slow down for them, what's the point?
They often have CSW when driving through Coombe Bissett. Absolutely pointless in my opinion, without having any authority. I never tend to slow down for them, what's the point? Matt24
  • Score: 0

2:04pm Tue 15 Jul 14

whiteparishoner says...

Sandy Heath wrote:
whiteparishoner wrote:
Do you know how many motorists nationwide wide have had points on their licences as a result of CSW reports? Precisely none.

CSW is a sop to "concerned residents" that "something is being done" by the police. The cops love CSW as it makes them look good, gets others to do their job for them and means little or no paperwork.

There are a lot of things wrong with the story above. Is the speeding really in car parks? It is said that Station Road is "long and straight" and therefore presumably has a low hazard density. What are the CSW people suggesting is done? Speed humps?
CSW volunteers are not police and are unable to produce evidence acceptable in law so obviously no motorists can receive points for speeding as a result of a CSW warning letter from the police . This is not the aim of the scheme which is to educate and deter. In my area the speedwatch data has also provided evidence to the police on where to deploy their own speed recording devices: these do result in licence points for offenders.
"CSW volunteers are not police and are unable to produce evidence acceptable in law..."

So, is the Journal wrong to report "Volunteers catch 336 motorists speeding... " as there is no proof that these drivers were, in fact, over the limit?

Most CSW schemes are set up because locals don't like people driving through their village. Speed is just a convenient and measurable proxy for people to use because they are angry at perceived "antisocial behaviour".

Some questions which I would like to ask the volunteers include:
- Would you report your next door neighbour or best friend and cause ill will for evermore?
- Do you think that speeding occurs after dark? If so, why aren't you out checking cars at 11pm in December?
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Heath[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whiteparishoner[/bold] wrote: Do you know how many motorists nationwide wide have had points on their licences as a result of CSW reports? Precisely none. CSW is a sop to "concerned residents" that "something is being done" by the police. The cops love CSW as it makes them look good, gets others to do their job for them and means little or no paperwork. There are a lot of things wrong with the story above. Is the speeding really in car parks? It is said that Station Road is "long and straight" and therefore presumably has a low hazard density. What are the CSW people suggesting is done? Speed humps?[/p][/quote]CSW volunteers are not police and are unable to produce evidence acceptable in law so obviously no motorists can receive points for speeding as a result of a CSW warning letter from the police . This is not the aim of the scheme which is to educate and deter. In my area the speedwatch data has also provided evidence to the police on where to deploy their own speed recording devices: these do result in licence points for offenders.[/p][/quote][quote]"CSW volunteers are not police and are unable to produce evidence acceptable in law..."[/quote] So, is the Journal wrong to report "Volunteers catch 336 motorists speeding... " as there is no proof that these drivers were, in fact, over the limit? Most CSW schemes are set up because locals don't like people driving through their village. Speed is just a convenient and measurable proxy for people to use because they are angry at perceived "antisocial behaviour". Some questions which I would like to ask the volunteers include: - Would you report your next door neighbour or best friend and cause ill will for evermore? - Do you think that speeding occurs after dark? If so, why aren't you out checking cars at 11pm in December? whiteparishoner
  • Score: 1

6:57pm Wed 16 Jul 14

DowntonDAN says...

Matt24 wrote:
They often have CSW when driving through Coombe Bissett. Absolutely pointless in my opinion, without having any authority. I never tend to slow down for them, what's the point?
So you admit to deliberately exceeding the speed limit.

Please get rid of your car and catch the bus in future.

This will keep the roads safer for the rest of us - less idiots on the road.
[quote][p][bold]Matt24[/bold] wrote: They often have CSW when driving through Coombe Bissett. Absolutely pointless in my opinion, without having any authority. I never tend to slow down for them, what's the point?[/p][/quote]So you admit to deliberately exceeding the speed limit. Please get rid of your car and catch the bus in future. This will keep the roads safer for the rest of us - less idiots on the road. DowntonDAN
  • Score: 0

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