Royal Award for South Somerset Community Speed Watch
2001 saw the creation of the UK’s first Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme in the Somerset village of Ash after police suggested villagers concerned about speeding vehicles might like to undertake their own police-supervised monitoring duties.
Since then the project has grown to some 30 CSW teams and around 250 unpaid community volunteers working closely with Avon & Somerset Police, the fire service and South Somerset Council, under the banner of South Somerset Community Speed Watch (SSCSW).
In conjunction with local schools the groups aim to reduce, through both driver and pedestrian education, incidents of death and serious injury on their communities’ roads.
Now community Speed Watch schemes are run in many communities across the country.