Speed checks were carried out on a notorious road this week after it emerged  Bolton "some of the highest rates" for crash injuries in Greater Manchester. 

Officers from the Bolton North Neighbourhood Team were on Halliwell Road and Smithills Dean Road after  residents raised concerns around speeding in those areas. 

This comes as part of Operation Portman, which was launched in response to concerns over the number of serious road incidents in the town

Hundreds of drivers have been reported for different alleged driving offences since the launch of the operation in 2022.

Police officers are urging residents with concerns about speeding on roads near them to get in touch.

A GMP spokesperson said: "Operation Portman -officers from the Bolton North Neighbourhood Team conducted speed enforcement in Halliwell and Smithills.

"Enforcement was carried out on Halliwell Road and Smithills Dean Road, following feedback from the community in regards to speeding in these areas. 

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"Bolton has some of the highest rates in the force for injury collisions, with the main contributing factor for these being excess speed.

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"If you believe any particular area should be concentrated on, please let your local Neighbourhood Team know. Fatal Five." 

The 'Fatal Five' hashtag refers to the top causes of serious injuries and deaths on the roads. 

They consist of excessive speed, not wearing a seat belt, using a mobile phone, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and careless or inconsiderate driving.

To help them catch speeding drivers, GMP has acquired two laser devices to record speeding vehicles. 

Officers said that the operation has resulted in a huge reduction in serious injuries in Bolton. 

In Smithills hundreds of people petitioned  for the installation of speed cameras.

The residents of Smithills Dean Road and its surroundings called for the authorities to address the problem of speeding in particular past St Peter's Smithills Dean CE School and Smithills School.

Although the road did not meet the threshold for cameras, other alternatives are now being considered.

Similar calls have been made by residents in Halliwell following a number of crashes.