Communities tackle speeding drivers

A multi-agency project to tackle community concerns about speeding drivers has been launched by the North Lanarkshire Partnership

police council communities tackle speeding

The drive comes as latest statistics reveal speeding offences across North Lanarkshire have risen by over 25% in the last quarter (1 April to 31 July 2018) compared to the same period last year.

There were 254 speeding offences recorded across a range of speed limits and across both police area commands in the first quarter of this year.

The long-term initiative addresses speeding concerns cited by residents at Local Area Partnership meetings who have called for action to be taken to make their communities safer.

police speeding motorists Hand-held speed detection devices have been funded through the Local Development Programme partnership projects' budget and will see officers from Police Scotland's Local Problem-Solving teams working together with North Lanarkshire Council Community Safety Sub Groups and local communities to drive down the number of speeding motorists.

The multi-agency drive will see local days of action to target identified speeding hot spots, road safety checks and awareness-raising through education talks and 'roadside safety chats'.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Jim Logue, said, "Our local communities have raised concerns about speeding motorists in their local area and these latest police statistics underline those concerns.

"By working together to educate drivers and cracking down on speeding motorists, we can reduce the number of accidents and put communities more at ease. This project will act as a deterrent to those irresponsible drivers who continue to speed and put lives at risk and demonstrates the commitment by the Local Area Partnerships to listening to communities and working together to tackle issues productively." 

Superintendent Louise Skelton, Chair of the Lanarkshire Road Safety Governance Group, said, "Thankfully we have not seen a significant increase in the number of injuries from road accidents in this division but it is widely recognised that speed is a contributory factor in road traffic crashes. 

"This project will see Police Scotland working collaboratively with North Lanarkshire Council and local communities to make a difference to road safety through a twin-pronged approach by enforcing the law in relation to speed and educating motorists. It's vital that motorists understand the consequences of speeding - it can cost lives - and we will work together to improve road safety in North Lanarkshire."

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