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Neighborhood Speed Watch

Neighborhood Speed Watch 
Speeding drivers on residential streets can be a common concern for all. The Neighborhood Speed Watch Program is a public awareness program in which concerned citizens can take an active role in helping the City to solve the problem of speeders in their own neighborhoods. 

City residents record speeds and report the speeds back to the City. This creates awareness of the speed limit in the neighborhood.  Often, drivers who speed through neighborhoods are unaware of the effect their actions have on the peace and safety of neighborhood streets. Education of the posted speed limit encourages drivers to slow down. No formal citations or fines are issued.  However, the data collected by citizens may be used by the Police Department to assign officers for selective enforcement.  

How the Program Works

1) Citizens agreeing to participate in the program are briefed on the requirements and expectations of them. They are instructed in the use of radar equipment, proper data collection and appropriate behavior while conducting the data collection.

 2) A radar unit is loaned out to the citizens. This is typically a team effort; one person in the group is responsible for operating the radar unit; another person records the required information on a City of Cheyenne Neighborhood Speed Watch Form.  

 3) Once all data collection is completed, the neighborhood residents return the radar unit and all report forms to:

Cheyenne Police Department Traffic Sergeant 
415 W. 18th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82001

Neighborhood Speed Watch Rules of Conduct

  • Two volunteers are required at all times during the speed watch.
  • The volunteers shall wear the yellow reflective safety vests.
  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to participate.
  • Volunteers under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older.  This allows high school and college students to participate in the program.
  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian laws
  • Be courteous and exercise reasonable care
  • Neighbors, pedestrians, and motorists may stop to ask what you are doing. If they have objections to the program they may call the Cheyenne Police Department at 307-637-6524. If a confrontation arises, stop the study immediately and contact the police. Do not argue with the other person.
  • The public may incorrectly assume that you are a representative of the City or a law enforcement officer, or that your actions will result in them receiving a traffic citation. You must make it clear that you are volunteering as a private citizen and participating in the Neighborhood Speed Watch Program.
  • Do not make gestures or verbal comments toward passing vehicles.
  • Do not chase, attempt to stop, or apprehend drivers.
  • Do not encourage non-participants to be present.
  • Only those persons who have been instructed in the use of the radar equipment may participate in the speed watch. Crowds of people will only draw attention to the speed watch and are counterproductive.
  • Accurately collect and record data.

To participate in the Neighborhood Speed Watch program contact:

Sergeant John Gay
307-637-6552



City of Cheyenne Neighborhood Speed Watch Program