Merseyside Police launch speeding crackdown after increase in accidents

Merseyside Police launch speeding crackdown after increase in accidents

Merseyside Police launch speeding crackdown after increase in accidents

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POLICE have launched a month-long crackdown on speeding motorists in Merseyside.

Officers say the campaign has been triggered by an increase in accidents causing death or serious injury on the county's roads.

In 2013, 550 people were seriously injured and 24 died as a result of crashes in Merseyside.

The previous year, 548 people were seriously injured and 20 were killed.

And  over the last 12 months, 50,428 drivers were caught speeding in Merseyside.

Sergeant Paul Mountford from Matrix Serious and Organised Crime 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 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 several operations where officers will be out in force conducting roadside speed checks and stopping drivers exceeding the limit.

Sergeant 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.

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4:36pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ballacrain says...

Hope they take a look at Brighton and King Street. It is a race track of a morning
Wonder if this will include buses.

Ballacrain
Hope they take a look at Brighton and King Street. It is a race track of a morning Wonder if this will include buses. Ballacrain ballacrain
  • Score: 10

5:09pm Wed 2 Apr 14

JimmyMercury says...

Matrix???? Thought they went after gun gangs etc? Have the criminals given up or is it just that the coffers are getting a bit low and they need to target the motorist as usual?
Matrix???? Thought they went after gun gangs etc? Have the criminals given up or is it just that the coffers are getting a bit low and they need to target the motorist as usual? JimmyMercury
  • Score: 1

6:19pm Wed 2 Apr 14

steady cyclist says...

Rock ferry bypass, beufort road, corporation road,new brighton prom,all of the A41, thingwall and pensby roads,lesowe bypass,mount road and storeton road, just a few where easy stops can be enforced and drivers prosecuted for serious flouting of the law.

Well done Merseyside Police
Rock ferry bypass, beufort road, corporation road,new brighton prom,all of the A41, thingwall and pensby roads,lesowe bypass,mount road and storeton road, just a few where easy stops can be enforced and drivers prosecuted for serious flouting of the law. Well done Merseyside Police steady cyclist
  • Score: 10

1:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

keef666 says...

Speeding does not mean more crashes!
Most of the R.T.A 's happen at junctions where cars are parked, blocking the view of the oncoming traffic, at roundabouts where diesel fuel dropped, and at speeds of 20mph or less so mr policeman get your facts right and not just use it as excuse to hammer roadursers for more money
Speeding does not mean more crashes! Most of the R.T.A 's happen at junctions where cars are parked, blocking the view of the oncoming traffic, at roundabouts where diesel fuel dropped, and at speeds of 20mph or less so mr policeman get your facts right and not just use it as excuse to hammer roadursers for more money keef666
  • Score: -1

5:28pm Thu 3 Apr 14

fulton1996 says...

Merseyside Police, try targetting Frankby Road by Hilbre High School and the junction of Fulton Avenue, limited vision turning right out of this road..... an accident waiting to happen and to the speed merchant in the white Renault , who lives in Larton Road, YES YOU, it is NOT your private race track
Merseyside Police, try targetting Frankby Road by Hilbre High School and the junction of Fulton Avenue, limited vision turning right out of this road..... an accident waiting to happen and to the speed merchant in the white Renault , who lives in Larton Road, YES YOU, it is NOT your private race track fulton1996
  • Score: 4

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