Motorists are being urged to cut their speed this February as part of a campaign to reduce roads deaths and casualties in Merseyside. Speeding is one of the major contributory factors in road collisions and officers are appealing to motorists to kill their speed before it kills themselves or other road users.
Last year 20 people were killed and over 500 people seriously injured on our roads with many collisions being as a result of excess speed and Merseyside Police is more determined than ever to reduce this number in 2013. Merseyside Police’s Roads Policing Department holds monthly campaigns concentrating on different aspects of road safety in a bid to reduce the number of road casualties. This month sees the department focusing on speeding motorists and officers will be carrying out enforcement and educating drivers about the dangers of breaking speed limits.
Alongside day to day policing, traffic officers will also be attending colleges across Merseyside as part of the ENGAGE initiative educating young novice drivers about the risks of excessive speed and other issues related to road traffic collisions. The first session took place on Monday (4 February) at Hugh Baird College in Bootle.
Sergeant Paul Mountford, of the Roads Policing Department said “All too often, our officers attend road traffic collisions where speed has been a major contributory factor. We see the end results – damage to vehicles, disruption to traffic flow and congestion, injury to drivers and other road users and sadly, in some cases the death of a loved one.
“Speed limits are there to save lives and my officers are working hard to reduce collisions on our roads. We will continue to engage with the public to ensure the message to cut speed is heard loud and clear – together we can maximise the safety of all road users and hopefully see reductions in road casualties in 2013.” This month’s focus follows January’s campaign which saw over 400 drivers given fixed penality notices for either not wearing their seat belt or for using their mobile phones whilst driving.
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