Our local community speedwatch team has continued to carry out roadside checks across Ferndown.
During the first nine months of this year over a thousand roadside sessions have been carried by speedwatch groups across Dorset, advocating their speed limits to over 290,000 passing motorists. This includes community speedwatch groups operating in Stapehill and West Moors. Gratifyingly the vast majority of Dorset speedwatch groups have reported that most motorists respect the prescribed speed limits. There were however 7,000 speeding motorists sent at least one Advice Letter by Dorset Police.
Ron Cross, our CSW Co-ordinator, said we have continued to focus our roadside sessions in Church Road and Victoria Road, and have steadily increased the number of sessions in Dudsbury Avenue and Glenmoor Road. This has included an increased number of sessions during commute hours, which resulted in us being seen by thousands more motorists. Unfortunately, this also resulted in us reporting a higher number of speeding motorists, with over 600 motorists sent a least one Advice Letter by Dorset Police.
Ron added in the past seven months we’ve been seen by over 25,000 motorists, with pleasingly most motorists observing our speed limits or slowing when they saw their speed was being monitored. Generally, we found it is just a small minority of motorists that unfortunately don’t care. To help address this, Dorset Police are deploying more speed enforcement officers to our area as part of their No Excuse causality reduction operation. This was evident recently in Victoria Road when they recorded 6% of motorists were driving at an excessive speed.
He explained we should all remember, that in good conditions, the difference in stopping distance between 30mph and 35mph is more than two car lengths. Put into perspective, in Dorset around two-thirds of crashes in which people are killed or seriously injured occur on roads with a 30mph speed limit. This summer this was particularly pertinent in Ferndown, with serious incidents recorded in Victoria Road, Church Road and Dudsbury Avenue. Such incidents destroy people’s lives and cost the NHS millions!
To address this and help keep our neighbourhoods safe, Dorset Police has recently introduced ‘Operation Snap’ which is a secure online portal which allows members of the public to submit dash-cam and digital photographic evidence of dangerous driving incidents, including instances of excessive speeding. For more information, please refer to www.dorset.police.uk/opsnap.
Residents in Ringwood Road are keen to set up their own speedwatch team to monitor the new 30mph zone. If you are able to help, please contact Ron or refer to www.ferndownresidents.org.uk.
Ron explained we continue to receive a lot of enquiries and requests from residents asking us to patrol their roads. In the past month this included Dudsbury Road and Dudsbury Crescent.
Therefore, if you would like the opportunity to monitor your road, and report speeding motorists directly to Dorset Police, please contact Ron Cross on 07592 790199.