Neighborhood Speed Watch programs, a traffic-related variation of Neighborhood Watch or Crime Watch, encourage citizens to take an active role in changing driver behavior on their neighborhood streets by helping raise public awareness and educate drivers about the negative impact of speeding.
Active speed monitors are permanent devices to keep drivers aware of their speeds and the need to slow down near schools. They are typically mounted on a speed limit sign and visually display drivers' real-time speeds as they pass. Drivers see how fast they are actually driving compared to the posted speed limit. Some active speed monitors are solar-powered.
From conducting education and enforcement campaigns to identifying unsafe conditions, law enforcement officers can play multiple roles in SRTS programs. Law enforcement officers see first hand the consequences of motor vehicle crashes. They also see first hand the behaviors that cause these consequences.
Just a 10 mph difference in speed can be critical to whether a pedestrian lives or dies when struck by a car. This is especially true for children and older pedestrians. A driver may not think going 10 mph over the speed limit will be noticeably less safe, but at 20 mph, a pedestrian has about a 5 percent chance of dying if he is hit by a car. At 30 mph, the chance of dying increases to roughly 45 percent. If a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle traveling 40 mph, the risk of dying increases to 85 percent.(1)