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The New Forest Safer Roads Group and how it uses Speed Indicator Devices
A Speed Indicator Device is a portable temporary sign with a variable display that detects and records the speed of an approaching vehicle. No images of number plates are recorded.
It is normally set to display the speed of approaching vehicle as well. The display is set so that very high speeds are not displayed.
We have battery operated SIDs (deployment duration of 7-10 days linked to battery life). These are suitable for use on roads with either a 30 or 40 mph speed limit.
The Speed Indicator Devices and Speed Limit Reminder signs have been deployed to a large number of locations around the New Forest.
The objective of using the SIDs is to educate people about their speed, reduce casualties, reassure the public and reduce anti social speeding at specific locations within the New Forest District Council area.
The SID results are extracted and displayed on a graph (example for Gore Road, New Milton, Dec 2011 is given below); all graphs are sent to the Parish Councils and are available on the main Council website (see links below). The results are passed to the police who assess whether there is a requirement for appropriate speed enforcement activity.
Gore Road New Milton
More information on how to request the deployment of a Speed Indicator Device (SID) to your neighbourhood and how to raise a speed related issue is set out in the attached leaflet. More information on roads and traffic management can be found on NFDC's web site www.newforest.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=8008.
Recorded road traffic accident data can be viewed on the Crime Reports website www.crimereports.co.uk. (select area, date range of interest, and under Crime Type select RTA).
A briefing sheet on the use of the SIDs is available - leaflet for SIDs
Stay under 40
Police are conducting a speeding operation to stop drivers on New Forest roads exceeding the 40 miles per hour speed limits which is breaking the law and putting the lives of people and animals at risk.
During the last operation 12 fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers during the course of the morning and those drivers were also given advice about why it is important not to exceed the speed limit. All the drivers stopped were driving in excess of 50 miles per hour, with the highest being 64 miles per hour and it was especially disappointing to discover that all of the drivers stopped were residents of the New Forest.
The police have also launched a hard-hitting poster showing a potential consequence of speeding in the New Forest.
The speed limits are in place for a reason. Walkers, cyclists and forest animals also use routes through the New Forest.
Hampshire Police have introduced, in partnership with Parish Councils and New Forest District Council, a Community Speedwatch scheme. Further details can be found at www.hampshire.police.uk/Internet/news/campaigns/speedwatch.htm. The leaflet can be found on the right hand side of this page