Following numerous complaints of speeding vehicles through the village, the present team (currently consisting of eight volunteers) was set up at the end of 2009 and carried out their first speedwatch session in February, 2010. Since then a total of 249 sessions (mostly of one hour duration) have taken place, reporting over 3,162 speeding vehicles. The aim is for a team of three to carry out a one hour session each week at varied times and locations, weather permitting.
Currently there are a total of nine approved sites within Mark, from the Traffic Island bordering Watchfield in the West, through to Mark College in the East, all of which are in a 30mph speed zone.
Whilst in some police force areas there is zero tolerance for speeding, in Avon & Somerset the tolerance is the speed limit x 10% + 2 mph i.e. in a 30mph zone this would be 35mph. Therefore Mark CSW reports only those vehicles exceeding 35mph.
The highest number of vehicles caught speeding so far in one hour has been 47 and the highest reported speed was in June, 2014, of 74mph along Mark Causeway.
Any person interested in joining the team or find out more about Mark CSW, should please contact Geoff Francis on Tel: 01278 641388 or e-mail Geoffreyfrancis@btinternet.com