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Merseyside Police is calling on local people to help reduce speeding on the roads.

The Community Speedwatch scheme recruits volunteers to monitor motorists’ speed using state of the art radar guns.

Motorists found to be speeding by the volunteers are sent warning letters that also explain the problems that speeding causes.

The volunteers are accompanied by police officers at all times and are given training before they begin their work.

The campaign is being promoted as part of National Volunteers week, which runs from 1 June until 9 June.

Chief Inspector Zoe Thornton said: “We want people to ‘team-up’ with their local police and community support officers and make a difference – even if it’s just for one hour a week.

“The drivers who are seen speeding will be sent a letter and then a home visit by an officer if they disregard the advice.

“Neighbourhood Watch schemes have helped to reduce crime in communities and we’re hoping that Community Speedwatch will do the same, with residents making their roads safer for themselves, their families and neighbours”.

If you’d like to find out more about becoming a Community Speedwatch volunteer, go to the Merseyside police website or contact one of the police volunteer co-ordinator in your local area.

Sefton – Kathryn Turner – 0151 777 3606


In 2012, 568 people were killed and seriously injured on the roads of Merseyside. There were 20 fatalities.

To date (January–March) in 2013 there have been 113 killed and seriously injured.

Excessive and inappropriate speed is a recurring factor in collisions.

In the past twelve months over 8500 drivers have been detected by police driving at an excessive speed.

Merseyside Police offers an increasing number of offenders’ educational courses such as speed awareness as an alternative to prosecution.

Many residential areas of Merseyside are now subject to a 20 mph speed limit.



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