A RECORD number of speed watch volunteer groups were out in force across North Yorkshire yesterday in a bid to cut speed-related deaths.

Sixteen Community Speed Watch groups monitored the roads in action that coincided with Project EDWARD, which stands for European day without a road death.

This initiative has been running since 2016 and aims to reduce death and serious injury on roads across the world.

The day of action marked the first time so many Community Speed Watch volunteers have deployed at the same time across North Yorkshire.

Jamie Smith, the speed watch co-ordinator for North Yorkshire Police, said: “The record turnout by groups across the county today is extremely encouraging – it shows how much people care about reducing speeding and improving road safety in their communities.

She added: “We’re very grateful to everyone who has volunteered for such an important cause today, and throughout the rest of the year.”