FAQs - Speed Watch


Questions

  1. I have been monitored speeding. What happens to my details?
  2. I have received a warning letter. Will I now be fined or taken to court?
  3. I have received a warning letter stating this is the second time my vehicle has been monitored speeding. What happens now?
  4. I have received a warning letter yet I wasn’t driving the vehicle. What do I do?
  5. I have received a warning letter for an incident which occurred after I had sold the vehicle. What happens now?
  6. Why doesn’t the warning letter tell me how fast I was driving?
  7. My vehicle wasn’t in the location stated on the warning letter.
  8. I wish to complain about a member of a Speed Watch team.
  9. I have received a warning letter but it doesn’t say who monitored me. How can I find this out?
  10. What equipment is used to monitor vehicles?
  11. Why are you using members of the public to monitor speed?
  12. I have a speeding problem in my neighbourhood. What can I do?
  13. Can I join a Community Speed Watch team for a day to see what it’s like?
  14. If you have a question that cannot be answered here -

Answers

Question 1: I have been monitored speeding. What happens to my details?

We only hold the details of the registered keeper on our secure police server. These details are held and accessed in line with the restrictions imposed by the the Data Protection and Management of Police Information guidelines.

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Question 2: I have received a warning letter. Will I now be fined or taken to court?

No, for this specific incident we will be taking no further action.

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Question 3: I have received a warning letter stating this is the second time my vehicle has been monitored speeding. What happens now?

Your vehicle details have been passed to our speed enforcement officers. If you are caught speeding you will be given a fixed penalty ticket or summonsed to attend court. If you heed the advice in both warning letters then no further action will be taken against you.

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Question 4: I have received a warning letter yet I wasn’t driving the vehicle. What do I do?

You should make the driver aware of the contents of the letter and any other material enclosed. Speed Watch monitors vehicles not drivers so it would be advisable to inform all users of the vehicle of the warning.

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Question 5: I have received a warning letter for an incident which occurred after I had sold the vehicle. What happens now?

You should contact the named sender on the letter and inform them of the change of keeper. You should have also given this information to DVLA.

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Question 6: Why doesn’t the warning letter tell me how fast I was driving?

Speed Watch only sends letters to vehicles travelling faster than the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) guidance suggests(i.e. 10% +2) or in some cases a higher limit. The letter is a warning and will not result in a prosecution.

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Question 7: My vehicle wasn’t in the location stated on the warning letter.

There are a number of processes in place to verify the registration of the speeding vehicle. On the rare occasion a warning letter is sent out by mistake the details will be deleted from the database. To start this process you will need to contact the named sender on the warning letter.

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Question 8: I wish to complain about a member of a Speed Watch team.

Both Community and Neighbourhood Speed Watch operators have strict guidelines to adhere to and are expected to maintain a professional approach to monitoring. If you feel that this was not the case then please contact the Local Policing Team Leader (police sergeant), for the area in which the team was monitoring. They will investigate your complaint.

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Question 9: I have received a warning letter but it doesn’t say who monitored me. How can I find this out?

This information is kept secure in the interest of staff and volunteer safety and will not normally be disclosed. The information is available to supervisors should the need to investigate a complaint or incident arise. Speed Watch sessions are staffed by police officers, police community support officers and police volunteers or a mixture of all three.

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Question 10: What equipment is used to monitor vehicles?

This depends on the location, Speed Watch type and availability of equipment. The most commonly used device for Community Speed Watch is the Decatur Genesis GHD hand-held radar device. This is a non-type approved device. This means that we can’t, in normal circumstances, use the data from the device for a prosecution. These devices are never used for enforcement in this country.

You may also see roadside speed indication devices. These devices work using radar and display your speed as you approach. These devices are never used for enforcement.

In certain conditions and subject to availability we have to use laser speed detection devices. These devices can be type approved and can be used for enforcement when operated by properly trained and authorised personnel.

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Question 11: Why are you using members of the public to monitor speed?

The problem of speeding is the highest occurring local priority for Devon & Cornwall Police. Communities across the region want to be involved in the battle to reduce speeds and are happy to donate time. However, ALL police volunteers are vetted, trained, supported and insured. As members of the extended policing family they also have 100% backing from Devon and Cornwall Police and are allocated support managers.  Should any police volunteer be abused or intimidated the offender will be dealt with according to criminal law.

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Question 12: I have a speeding problem in my neighbourhood. What can I do?

There are a couple of checks that have to be made before putting a Community Speed Watch together. Your first point of contact should be your Local Policing Team. There may already be a local team in operation that you can join.

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Question 13: Can I join a Community Speed Watch team for a day to see what it’s like?

Unfortunately only properly inducted and trained police volunteers are able to carry out monitoring duties because of insurance issues. Your Local Policing Team will be able to discuss the scheme with you or put you in touch with someone that can.

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Question 14: If you have a question that cannot be answered here

For questions about Speed Watch in general contact our Force Speed Watch Officer.
For questions about volunteering within Devon and Cornwall Police in general contact our Police Volunteer Section.
For questions about Speed Watch locally contact your Local Policing Team.

Contact

The Speed Watch Co-ordinator
Devon & Cornwall Police
Crownhill Police Station, Budshead Way
Crownhill, Plymouth
Devon
PL6 5HT

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