A Merseyside led road safety roadshow proved to be a great success among residents when it stopped off in St Helens town centre last week.
As lead authorities for adult pedestrian safety, the event was organised by
Liverpool and Knowsley councils and funded by the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, with the objective of reducing the number of adult pedestrian casualties on Merseyside.
This was done by showing a series of road safety adverts and displaying a crash car, to drive home the impact collisions can have.
Latest figures show the rate of casualties on Merseyside has risen in the
last five years, with a total of 427 people aged 18 and above involved in
serious collisions in the last three years – 17 of which were killed.
St Helens Council’s Road Safety Officers, along with Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were also on hand to offer advice on a one-to-one basis, while leaflets on adult pedestrian safety were distributed.
In addition, senior road users aged 60+ were informed about a range of
initiatives, including a number of Senior Road Users events throughout
Merseyside, and a new initiative called ‘Drive Safely for Longer’ – which
launches on Monday 1 February 2016 in St Helens.
St Helens Council’s Head of Traffic, UTC and Road Safety, George Houghton – who attended the event – said: “It was pleasing to see so many people give up a few minutes of their time, despite the cold weather, and take on board the information that was being delivered to them on the consequences neglecting oncoming traffic can have.”
Dave Foulkes, Merseyside Road Safety Partnership Manager, added: “Crossing the road is an everyday activity done by everybody, but many people do not give it the attention it requires.
“Too many people in Merseyside are getting injured as a result and we will
be getting the safety message over to as many people as possible.”
For further information, please contact St Helens Council’s Road Safety
Team on 01744 673237.