Communities from across Merseyside have been celebrated for embracing an initiative to improve road safety where they live.

In support of the theme for Road Safety Week 2021 (15-21 November), Merseyside Road Safety Partnership shone the spotlight on road safety heroes who volunteer for the Safer Roads Watch scheme.

Safer Roads Watch enables local residents who are concerned about speeding, anti-social road use and pavement obstruction to work with police and local authorities to address these issues and raise awareness among drivers of the how they affect communities.

Under Safer Roads Watch, people can become a police volunteer and train to carry out speed watch operations with police, which see speeding drivers sent a letter advising them of their speeding and telling them how they can contribute to road safety in Merseyside.

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Paul Mountford, from the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, said: “This is a great opportunity for communities to come together with police, local authorities and potentially local businesses to change the way in which their roads are used or misused. 

“Speeding and anti-social driving are a significant problem for police and councils and cause concern for parents and the most vulnerable in society. 

“Excessive and inappropriate speed are also factors in many collisions that result in serious injury and road death.”

There are several Safer Roads Watch groups established in Merseyside, including Wirral where more than 30 residents have either signed up or are in the process of becoming volunteers.

The Safer Roads Watch scheme is looking to recruit more road safety hero volunteers – contact to find out more, and for details of how to sign-up.

If you are an instructor who would like to join and support the engage driving scheme you can find out more here