Education helps curb road deaths

Progress ... The number of fatal car crashes has been reduced by road safety education, police say
Progress ... The number of fatal car crashes has been reduced by road safety education, police say

SEVERAL accident blackspots in St Helens have been pinpointed by police as part of a campaign to get motorists to put the brakes on.

Officers say the A570 St Helens Linkway and Rainford Bypass, A580 East Lancs Road, B5201 Crank Road and A58 - which incorporates the Linkway West and East, Parr Street, Park Road, Blackbrook Road and West End Road - are all collision hotspots.

In the last five years 244 people have been killed or seriously injured on the region’s roads in May - compared to 222 people in April and 231 people in June.

Last year was the first May since 2006 that saw a reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads with 23 casualties compared to 59 in 2009, 56 in 2008, 51 in 2007 and 55 in 2006.

Sergeant Paul Mountford said: “The month of May often sees an increase in the number of casualties on the roads of Merseyside with the two bank holidays and warmer weather so we were delighted to see a fall in casualties last May, which we believe was due to a combination of enforcement and education.

“This May we will have a high number of officers policing the roads to try to continue this reduction and ensure our message of safe driving is heard.”

Each May the force also sees a rise in collisions involving multiple passengers in the cars of young drivers aged between 17 and 25.

Sgt Mountford added: “We have been doing a lot of work with young drivers who are at the highest risk of being involved in a collision due to their lack of experience and their perception that they are invincible.

“This month we will be speaking to young people and their parents as well as handing out information leaflets in a bid to educate them further about safe driving and the importance of not becoming distracted while at the wheel, in particular when their friends are in the car.

“Just one moment’s lack of concentration can result in catastrophic consequences.”