Community Speedwatch



The Community Speed Watch initiative allows members of the community to address the issue of speeding by becoming actively involved in road safety, monitoring speeds at safe locations with speed detection equipment.

It addresses the problem of speeding through the joint work of the police, local community, parish councils and other partners.

The aim is not to catch as many speeding drivers as possible but to reduce speed in areas of concern.

Community Speed Watch informs drivers that excessive speed is socially unacceptable and helps to re-educate drivers about the dangers of speeding while addressing concerns from local residents about cars speeding through their neighbourhoods. 

Police forces across the country implementing the initiative can show a reduction in overall average speeds, and a significant reduction in drivers travelling well above the speed limit, which highlights the benefits of the scheme.

How it works:

  • Trained volunteers verify and record the registration numbers of offending vehicles.
  • These details are forwarded to Suffolk Police who will send offenders a letter.
  • A maximum of two letters will be sent to offenders.
  • Persistent offenders may be targeted for police enforcement.
  • Follow-up work on education and enforcement by Suffolk Police and our partners will also take place when appropriate.
  • If you require further information about the scheme, please visit www.suffolk.police.uk

Ten mobile, tripod-mounted, signs have been loaned to 30 Community Speedwatch groups around the county. The signs are used to enhance their existing Speedwatch activities.  A group will have a sign for three to four weeks and then pass it on to their neighbouring group.  

Community Speedwatch co-ordinators wishing to learn more about the scheme, please contact suffolkroadsafe@suffolk.gov.uk