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Smarden Parish Council

Speedwatch

The Parish Council urges drivers to drive within the legal speed limits.  Please take particular care during the winter months and other hazardous conditions and be aware of children walking around the village to catch buses and walking to and from school.

Speedwatch schemes help community volunteers reduce excessive speeds on local roads in 20mph, 30mph and 40mph areas. Volunteers monitor speeds using a Speed Indication Device (SID).

A Smarden Community Speedwatch Group was set up in November 2016 with support and direction from Kent Police but the scheme is managed and operated by the local community. The aim of the group is to:

  • Increase drivers perception of risk from speeding and encourage them to slow down.
  • Reduce collisions and the severity of injuries on local roads.
  • Improve the quality of life for local community.

    Speedwatch activity never directly leads to prosecution or penalties but letters of advice are sent to registered owners of vehicles and police officers may visit owners' addresses in case of repeat offenders.

    To be really effective we need more volunteers, so that we can monitor the traffic on a regular basis. To become a Speedwatch Operative you have to undertake a simple, multiple choice, safety awareness training on-line and operate at sites in the village which have been risk assessed by Kent Police. For more information go to www.communityspeedwatch.co.uk or contact our local co-ordinator, Parish Councillor, Jocelyn Craig  jocelyncraig@btinternet.com