Redbridge Council are working with the Metropolitan Police Service, Safer Transport Team to support and deliver speed awareness programmes for our local communities and schools. The schemes, run in partnership with Transport for London and City of London Police aim to improve road safety by reducing speed on our roads, and build public confidence in their efforts to achieve this.
Through these initiatives we hope to reduce road danger and work towards the London Mayors Vision Zero Targets.
The London Road Safety Council states 'research indicates that driving or riding too fast for the conditions, regardless of the particular speed limit, is a major contributory factor in more than 1,000 deaths and 40,000 injuries on the road each year…These casualty figures associated with speeding are enormous and largely preventable.’
Community Road Watch
The aim of Community Road Watch is to reduce vehicle speeds on residential roads. The scheme involves and empowers resident volunteers to make a difference with support provided by the Barkingside MET Police, Safer Transport Team. It is focussed on education and engagement and not enforcement.
At a preselected location resident volunteers use hand-held speed guns alongside members of the MET police to identify vehicles exceeding the speed limit. Speeding vehicles are not stopped or signalled to slow down on the day but following relevant checks the registered vehicle owner will receive a warning letter a few days later about the speeding incident. This aims to raise driver awareness of the issues of speeding; however in the event of repeat speeding offences targeted enforcement will be pursued.
This scheme is regularly operated on roads across Redbridge, and new locations considered on an ongoing basis, based on local concern, reported incidents and collision hot spots.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Road Watch volunteer, or have a street of concern you want to include in this initiative, please contact Mark.C.Saich@met.police.uk and visit the Transport for London website or Met Police website
Junior Road Watch
Introduced to Redbridge in 2019 the aim of this scheme is to reduce vehicle speeds on residential roads, with the main focus being roads near to our primary schools; making the street a safer place for children and families.
The scheme is a partnership event run by the MET Police Safer Transport Team, local schoolteachers and pupils, and borough officer support. It is an education and engagement tool to raise awareness amongst drivers of the negative impacts of speeding; empowering school children to take action. A key difference to Community Road watch is this scheme stops speeding drivers and has the option to issue an enforcement notice on the day.
During the event, speeding motorists are identified by trained MET police officers using hand held speed guns and then stopped at the road side. Depending on the recorded speed and following relevant background checks drivers are given the choice of an enforcement option or receiving an educational road safety message delivered by children from the school. (Note: the police can make the decision to enforce on the spot).
Since its introduction in Redbridge the majority of drivers stopped have opted to receive the s educational road safety message and questioning by participating children, stating this element of the scheme had more impact on them than being stopped by the police. Of those drivers stopped 92% stated the scheme had raised their awareness of speeding issues.
Schools wishing to be considered for future Junior Road Watch events should contact Smarter.firstname.lastname@example.org