Organised by Brake, the road safety charity, Roads Safety Week 2022 ran from 14 – 20 November 2022. This year’s theme was ‘Safe roads for all’ which aimed to bring together communities and professionals to shout out for everyone’s right to make safe and healthy journeys on safe roads.
Norfolk Constabulary currently have over 80 Community Speed Watch groups across the county and we used Roads Safety Week to invite them to take part in a week of action. Our groups spent time within their local communities completing speed watch activities with the aim of reducing speed related collisions.
The week of increased action saw speeds from 769 vehicles being recorded over 107 speed checking sessions throughout the county. Of that figure, 638 drivers being issued initial warning letters advising them of how their behaviour can have serious consequences for them and other road users. A further 43 drivers were issued with final warning letters reminding them that inappropriate speed is the largest contributory factor in road deaths and that any further offences will result in further action being taken by Norfolk Constabulary by means of targeted policing.
Sgt Sam Burton of the Community Safety team said: “This week highlights how the local community works together to achieve a common goal. Speed watch is not about catching as many speeding drivers as possible but to educate drivers around speeding and how dangerous this can be. It was a positive week involving many volunteers with support from the local SNT’s.”
If you are interested to find out more information on speed watch and how you could set up a speed watch team within your local community, please contact [email protected]