Motorists are being urged to cut their speed this January as part of a National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) campaign to reduce deaths and casualties on our roads.
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.
In 2017, 26 people were killed, 531 people seriously and 2,449 slightly injured on our roads, with 65 of those collisions as a result of exceeding the speed limit. Merseyside Police is more determined than ever to reduce this number in 2019.
Nationally inappropriate speed contributes to around 11 percent of all injury collisions, 15 per cent of collisions resulting in serious injury and 24 per cent of collisions resulting in death.
While education and enforcement activity is carried out on our roads throughout the year, officers will focussing on excess speed throughout the week commencing, 14 January and officers will be carrying out enforcement and educating drivers about the dangers of breaking speed limits.
Officers will be carrying out daily mobile patrols at key busy times on our roads with speed enforcement equipment to stop those intent on driving above the speed limit.
Roads Policing Inspector Keith Kellett 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 2019.”