How the police manage speeding complaints

Complaints about speeding may arise from the community, elected representatives, parish councils and Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

The Police will respond by using of Speed Data Recorders (SDR) to provide an evidence base for operational activity. In other words, it provides tangible data to either prove or disprove that speeding is of concern. 

If there is a measurable concern the approach will be encourage the development of Community Speedwatch to empower local communities to be involved in speed reduction.  If community activity highlights high levels of non-compliance then this may lead to enforcement.  

Community complaints are dealt with in a number of ways utilising local police officers trained in the use of the speed enforcement device.

Specialist roads policing officers will provide advice and support where appropriate. Specialist officers are tasked on a daily basis to patrol specific areas at key times. Proactive speed enforcement using speed detection devices will only take place during these tasks if those areas are also on the sanctioned enforcement lists. However, officers may very well have to deal with any driver they witness speeding as part of this targeted patrol.

Additionally, both local officers and specialist roads policing officers will target specific towns and villages in areas determined through the speed detection deployment plan.  The operation that will target not only the ‘fatal four’ (speeding, drink driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt) but will also address community concerns relating to anti-social driver or rider behaviour, including cyclists riding on pavements or noise nuisance from stationary vehicles.