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Motorists who exceed the speed limits will be the target of a month-long campaign by Merseyside Police in April.

Last year 50,428 drivers were caught speeding in Merseyside. This coincides with a rise in the number of people killed and seriously injured on the county’s roads.

In 2013, 550 people were seriously injured and 24 people died as a result of collisions in Merseyside. The previous year, 548 people were seriously injured and 20 were killed.

Sgt Paul Mountford from the Matrix Serious and Organised Crime (MSOC) Roads Policing Department said: “The figures speak for themselves. Speeding drivers are causing or contributing to thousands of collisions resulting in death, injury and misery to many thousands of Merseyside people.

“However, I believe that these statistics don’t reflect the full picture. The number of drivers actually caught speeding is only a fraction of those who regularly ignore the speed limits on our roads.

“We are targetting these drivers this month and urging them to think outside of their box when they are driving and consider other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.”

Merseyside Police will be running a number of roads policing operations where officers will be out in force across Merseyside conducting roadside speed checks and stopping drivers who are exceeding the limit.

Sgt Mountford added: “A speed limit is not a target to aim for. It is often unsafe to drive at a speed limit for many reasons – schools, parked vehicles, pedestrians, the weather and road conditions to name a few. Our officers will show zero tolerance towards drivers who place others at risk.”

Drivers caught speeding are in some cases offered the option of paying a £100 fine and having three points added to their licence or going on a speed awareness course.

Last year 20,000 drivers attended speed awareness courses to educate and reduce their re-offending. As part of the ongoing work carried out by officers to reduce speeding drivers the Force has a community speedwatch scheme running in several areas of Merseyside in which residents are encouraged to join officers to reduce speeds in their areas.

Merseyside Police also works with local authorities and driving instructors on the pioneering ENGAGE driver training scheme to better educate novice drivers about the common factors that cause crashes including speed choices.

Chief Inspector John Hogan, Head of Roads Policing, added: “We are putting a huge amount of effort in to make Merseyside a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

“Alongside enforcement we educate offenders and provide new drivers with a better understanding of the skills required to be a safe motorist. and we also invite communities to play their part through the Speedwatch initiative.

“However, ultimately it is down to drivers who need to take responsibility for the speed they drive and to realise the potential life changing consequences of not just breaking the limit but also not driving at a speed appropriate to the conditions.”
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