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Maghull Labour councillors work to make town’s road safer as Speedwatch scheme proves to be a success

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Maghull Labour councillors and the town's neighbourhood police are on the road to tackle speeding in the town.

Labour councillors, Cllr Patrick McKinley, Cllr Lynn Gatherer, Cllr June Burns and Cllr Rob Owens are working with local police on the Speedwatch initiative.

Speedwatch sees police and public coming together to monitor the speed of vehicles travelling through their community.

Residents identify the roads in the community which they say are high-speed problem areas.

The Speedwatch team, armed with hi-tech speedguns then target the road, issuing warnings to motorists who are caught speeding.

Cllr Gatherer said the scheme is proving to be a success.

Cllr Gatherer said: "One of the main concerns people have is the safety of our roads and the speed motorists travel on many of our residential roads.

"This Speedwatch partnership that we have with the police is proving a successful way of highlighting the problem and actually tackling the issue.

"My colleagues and I have been out with officers on Speedwatch patrols in areas throughout Maghull, including Park Lane, Hall Lane and Foxhouse Lane. Eastway is one of the next roads we will be visiting.

"These are areas that have been identified already by residents as having particular problems with speeding vehicles.

"Residents can see that action is being taken and motorists are given a firm reminder of the speedlimit. If they are caught again, they could face huge penalties."

Cllr McKinley said the scheme is an effective way of tackling the problem.

Cllr McKinley said: "The Speedwatch initiative is a great way of enabling the public who have concerns about speeding cars in their community to partner with the police and take action.

"The message is clear - it's not ok to endanger people's lives and you will get caught.

"Each time I have been out on these Speedwatch patrols, I have been astounded by the number of vehicles which have been travelling in excess of the speed limit. There have been occasion where I have given a rough tally of about two out of three vehicles speeding.

"It is in all our interests to slow down when driving. Community Speedwatch is an ideal way to raise awareness and to remind us to slow down. 

"It is about all of us being more conscious of how fast we are travelling and learning to slow down.

"Speeding kills. It really isn't worth taking the risk."

 

 

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