SMP is made up of a number of agencies including (North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, North Yorkshire County Council, Highways Agency and the Local Road Safety Tasking Group ) which work together to gather speed data within the reported location.
Once a speed concern is received into the Traffic Bureau, if the location is suitable, a request to the Fire and Rescue service will be made for a data logger to be deployed, a data logger is a small grey radar enabled box which is attached to a piece of street furniture i.e. a lamppost which monitors the speed of vehicles travelling along the road. It monitors both directions the traffic travels for 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Where a road is deemed a ‘high speed’ road (60mph zone) this would be classed unsuitable for a Data Logger and therefore tubes can be requested from the local authority. These are two thin rubber-strips which are placed across the road to measure the speed by the time taken to enter and exit these two points and monitors the speed for the same amount of time as the data logger would.
Once the data is returned to us further investigations are then carried out by all agencies included within the partnership. This is to determine what action can be taken to reduce the speeds within the reported location, a decision is then made and the normal outcomes include enforcement, CSW (Community Speed Watch), Engineering (Matrix, speed bumps etc) or No Further Action, these outcomes all depend on the speeds recorded and also takes into account other factors for example speed related collisions.