What is the idea behind the speed reader board at the roadside? Is speed watch out to help the police see that speeding drivers get charged? Why are the people writing notes? These are common questions asked about a very valuable volunteer group in your community.
Speed watch uses a portable radar mounted on a display that is placed beside the road in places that are suggested by the public or the police. Drivers passing through the beam are shown their speed in large numbers on a reader board in the hope that if they are speeding, they will slow down to the posted limit. A tally of the speeds shown are kept by the operators to establish whether high speeds are common at the site.
If so, police may use the data to plan enforcement action. License numbers of those vehicles that significantly exceed the posted speed limit may also be recorded and passed on to the police. The owner of the vehicle may be written a warning letter in the hope that the driver will be advised and encouraged to follow the speed limit.
The reader board may also be used as a simple method of testing the accuracy of the speedometer of your vehicle. Care must be taken to insure that yours is the only vehicle in the radar beam to receive an accurate reading.
Police do work in partnership with speed watch in a two strikes program by monitoring traffic after it has passed the reader board. Those drivers who have not accepted the reader board advice and slowed down receive speeding tickets.