You may have noticed that for the last few months a new speed activated sign has been appearing in various places around the village, this is SAM2 (Speed Awareness Mobile Sign)
It can be at one site for up to 4 weeks and must not return to that site within 8 weeks.
It displays the drivers speed and records every vehicle movement and speed, and this information is then downloaded by the Parish Council who use this information, alongside Community Speed Watch to pin point the busiest roads and where we need to focus on most.
Data from SAM2 can be found in this section as it has completed a tour of all 7 locations it will be used in.
SAM2 was purchased by the Parish Council with 50% of the funding from Norfolk County Council.
At least 6 residents are needed to set up a new Community Speedwatch Group in East Harling.
Community Speedwatch (CSW) is a national initiative where active members of local communities join with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.
Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences is collated (even across county borders), enforcement and prosecution follow.
Volunteers receive appropriate training, and are supported by neighbourhood policing team (NPT) staff. The scheme aims to cater for the problem of real or perceived speed related offending, and through partnership with the community it is to be used in circumstances that are necessary, justifiable and proportionate in order to:
Reduce death and injury on the roads
Improve the quality of life for local communities
Reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit
Increase public awareness of inappropriate speed
Speed watch activity is not about interfering with neighbours’ behaviour; it is a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community.
Although 6 people are needed to set up a Group, it is vital to have more than 6 people or else the Group will soon fold, as 3 people are needed for each speed monitoring session.
You only need to help out as little or as often as you can. Monitoring can only be done during daylight hours, but can be at weekends if that’s when the volunteers are available.
Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested in joining the team.