AutoSpeedWatch automatically records speeding vehicles as an aid to Community Speed Watch (CSW) schemes.
- Works during daylight hours
- Identifies the highest and most persistent speeders
- Allows reporting of those speeders to the Police
- Easy community involvement
It is NOT an enforcement or ANPR camera; It does not issue fines or directly penalise a speeding motorist. It's like having a CSW team at the roadside but for longer hours and without getting cold and hungry! Unlike "Yellow box" enforcement cameras, AutoSpeedWatch distinguishes between vehicles that are persistently or particularly fast, and those vehicles where the driver has made an occasional mistake. This allows the police to prioritise their resources against the worst drivers. Excellent reporting means CSW groups get to see the true picture of speeding in their community, rather than a temporary partial view.
Same Community Speedwatch, but easier and better...
No need for people at the roadside, no risk of being struck, no verbal or physical abuse. All the CSW team need to do is verify the logs it creates using a browser at home or anywhere else, making Community SpeedWatch easier, safer, and more effective. The logged speeders are prioritised by severity for reporting the local police force. This allows them to identify and take further action as they deem appropriate; often by writing to the registered keeper in the first instance, but it also allows them to deploy the Speed Enforcement Units at specific places and times in order to catch and fine the worst speeders.
- Connects CSW schemes together for better enforcement measures
- Identifies worst case and persistent speeders, locally and wider
- Reduces the resources required by police
- Allows targeted, prioritised traffic enforcement measures
- Provides feedback to CSW groups
Like everything, AutoSpeedWatch has some limitations: It's solar powered so doesn't operate at night or if light levels are low, it won't always record every speeder every time (for example if other traffic makes it difficult to distinguish offending from non-offending traffic), and it isn't (doesn't need to be) Home Office 'type approved' equipment for the purposes of issuing penalties. However, it does help identify the worst and most persistent speeders, and targets the police at where and when to enforce. The biggest problem you'll probably have is getting the police to change their way of thinking.
AutoSpeedWatch has been developed for compliance with legislation and ICO & SCC guidance to specifically provide a better means of local community support for policing of speed. It allows a tighter and more productive relationship between Community Policing and the communities they serve.
An Independent View
Stroud District Road Safety Group did an independent trial and assessment of AutoSpeedWatch. You can see a copy of their report here.
About Autospeedwatch Limited
After years of encouragement, development, and successful trials, Autospeedwatch Limited has been set up to bring the benefits of the system to all Community Speedwatch groups, whilst keeping the cost to the community as low as possible.