Residents may have noticed that, recently, Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) are being used across the Parish. These devices deliver a clear message to approaching drivers, displaying their speed as a means to actively encourage safer driving and, as a recognisable piece of road equipment, they provide interactive feedback to drivers. Collecting, digitally storing and reviewing a range of vehicle speed data, will help to make informed road safety decisions where speed management is revealed as a priority.
A study of five sites (albeit undertaken by Transport for London) determined that, after the initial period of operation, all drivers reduced their speeds; whether they had been driving above or within the speed limit. However, as drivers became accustomed to the presence of the SID, only those driving above the speed limit tended to reduce their speed which, of course, is what most of us want. This ‘novelty’ effect was found to last about a week and then speeds slowly increased in the second week of observation.
Therefore, the study concluded that SIDs have been found to be effective at reducing vehicle speeds on 30mph roads but only when deployed for a short time. In light of that conclusion the SIDs in the Parish will remain at each site for at least two weeks and no longer than three weeks. Please see rota below, which covers the next few months. Further rotas will be published as and when the position of the SIDs is going to be changed.
SID ROTA WEST ASHLING & FUNTINGTON
Aug 4 – Aug 25: Mill Road Eastbound
Aug 31 – Sept 21: Mill Road Westbound
Sept 21 – Oct 12: Funtington Westbound
Oct 12 – Nov 9: Funtington Eastbound
Nov 9 – Nov 30: West Ashling Village Hall
Nov 30 – Dec 21: West Ashling Southbound
Dec 21 – Jan 11: Mill Road Eastbound
Jan 11 – Feb 1: Mill Road Westbound
Feb 1 – Feb 22: Funtington Eastbound
Feb 22 – Mar 14: Funtington Westbound
Mar 14 – Apr 4: Mill Rd Eastbound
Apr 4 – Apr 25: Mill Rd Westbound
Please note: all data collected is anonymous and not attributed to any specific vehicles/drivers.