Community Speedwatch may soon be forced to pack up and give in until more volunteers come forward after numbers shrink to just four.
The volunteer team which gets out to record vehicle speeds along the roadsides in trouble hotspots in the town has been running since 1999.
Started in response to residents’ complaints over speeding motorists, their success has even seen a spin off group set up in Burton Green which now has 12 eager volunteers.
But for the past two months the committed Kenilworth team has been unable to hold any patrols at all thanks to volunteer numbers hitting an all time low of just four.
And unless things pick up, they may be grounded over the winter leaving dangerous driving going unchecked in large parts of the town.
Andy Garsed, who has been part of the scheme since its inception, said ideally 12 volunteers are needed to cover 18 key sites each month.
“Having just four people is making it increasingly difficult to operate the scheme,” he said. “We always get a lot of support from residents, so it is clear this is wanted.
“If this collapses there could be the potential for a serious accident in Kenilworth.
“Residents called for this and we provided it, but we can’t go on without help.
“There are 25,000 people in the town and we have four volunteers. Burton Green has only a few hundred houses and 12 already- there is something wrong there really.”
He explained that the scheme is more about providing a service and warning drivers than issuing punishments.
Details of offenders caught by the speed guns are passed to police who then issue warning letters. If offenders are caught for a third time, more serious action may be taken.
Recruits are specially trained at no cost to them and only need to give a few hours each fortnight.
Cllr Dave Shilton suggested residents and young learner drivers needed “shock tactics” and lessons from emergency services to make them aware of the dangers of speeding.