Monday, 29 February 2016

Residents called on to help make roads safer

Residents in Goose Green, Highfield, Marus Bridge and Winstanley are being asked for their help to make the roads safer as a Community Speed Watch scheme is launched.

The borough-wide scheme by Wigan Council aims to address speeding concerns and promote safer driving.

The initiative, which has the support of Greater Manchester Police, will allow volunteers to borrow equipment for an agreed time period to monitor the speed of motorists and they will be able to collect data about how fast cars are travelling on the roads.

Data collected by Community Speed Watch volunteers will be reviewed by the council who will then decide whether interventions such as temporary speed warning signs are required in the area.

For 30 mph areas with persistent speed problems the data will be passed on to Greater Manchester Police to make them aware of residents’ concerns.

The scheme is not designed to act as an enforcement exercise to prosecute specific motorists but to reduce speeds and to improve road safety.

Volunteers who sign up will receive a full toolkit and formal training from the council to ensure they are safe at all times.

The scheme follows the rollout of the 20mph scheme, which aims to improve safety on the borough’s roads and encourage residents, particularly children and young people, to walk, and cycle without fear of speeding traffic.

If a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle travelling at 20mph slight injuries are possible, but if this speed is increased to 30mph the injuries will be more severe and at 40mph the pedestrian may be killed.

Most roads in the borough can be monitored as part of the scheme but the council will confirm the suitability of each chosen road when someone has signed up.

You can sign up to help make the borough’s roads safer by emailing traffic@wigan.gov.uk or calling 01942 489309.

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