Many residents have identified speeding in our village as an issue and as part of this initiative and in collaboration with Surrey Police a Speed Watch group was established in the village in 2006. This is not an enforcement check but vehicle details are passed to and recorded by Surrey Police who in turn write to registered keepers asking them to encourage those who use the vehicles to keep to the speed limits. Sites where drivers regularly offend are targeted by police enforcement activity.
Surrey Police have advised that in those villages where there is an active Speed Watch group there has been a significant reduction in the number of drivers exceeding the speed limits with a corresponding increase in the safety of cyclists and pedestrians - particularly schoolchildren who regularly use the pavements at peak times.
To keep the Speed Watch group going in our village, more volunteers are needed. The duties are not onerous or dangerous or time consuming - one or occasionally two hours a week is sufficient - and training is "on the job" by existing volunteers.