Speed limits of 20mph are set to become a reality for all residential areas in Hyndburn in the next two years, it has been revealed.
Residents will also be given speed guns as part of a raft of measures to help drive down the death toll on the region's roads.
Community road watch volunteers will be sought to use speed guns, with those caught-out receiving a letter from the community warning them about their speed.
Lancashire County Council highways bosses say the £9m scheme would help save lives and could be policed by residents.
The scheme will covers the Lancashire County Council area which includes Hyndburn, Rossendale, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre.
The scheme will begin near the primary schools and branch out to residential areas. Commuter routes, trunk roads and main roads will not be affected.
County Councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "My priority is to reduce the number of accidents on Lancashire roads, in particular serious accidents.
"The introduction of the 20mph residential areas are only part of a bigger picture.
"It won’t be a quick fix. Putting a sign up won't simply stop problem.
"We need to work with local communities, educating them and getting them to help themselves."
"With the community road watch we will be giving the local community speed guns so they can record the speed of fast cars and then contact the owners and ask them to slow down.
"Most drivers who drive fast in residential areas actually live in those areas so if someone like a neighbour or a friend asks them to slow down it will have more effect and they are more likely to listen.
"It’s like drink driving was thirty years ago.
"Now it's totally unacceptable and none of us agree with it. We hope something similar will happen with attitudes to speeding.
"New signs will be put in place, along with a publicity campaign and a public consultation."
Hyndburn councillor Nick Whittaker, who has been campaigning for road safety in Huncoat, said: "I think it’s a wonderful idea and it’s something we have wanted them to introduce in Huncoat for some time.
"It will make a tremendous amount of difference, particularly around the narrow streets and villages in Hyndburn."
Sean O’Toole, a resident of Lowergate Road, Huncoat, said: "Anything that’s going to contribute to reducing the speed on the roads and ensure safety is a great thing. I think it will take time for people to get used to the new speed limits but once they do our roads will be much safer."