Fatal accidents down on borough roads

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The number of fatal or serious road accidents in Knowsley has seen a marked decline partly due to an awareness campaign, the council has said.

In recent years, Knowsley’s local authority launched an education and training scheme for children and young people to show road safety was being taken very seriously.

Figures released this week compiled by the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership shows a 16 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured between 2010 and 2015.

Lisa Harris, Knowsley’s Assistant Executive Director for Regeneration and Housing said: “We are very pleased that the investment we have made into education, enforcement and engineering has had such a positive impact on the reduction of the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

“However, one person killed or injured is one too many and we will continue to improve Knowsley’s roads network and road safety in the borough.”

During 2015 the council invested £430,000 into local road safety schemes and remains committed to reducing injuries on our roads. Recently, a new pedestrian crossing opened on Cronton Road, Huyton. It provides local residents with a safe and easy way to cross this busy main road.

As part of the education programme, Knowsley teenagers recently enjoyed performances of Tiny Giants, a thought-provoking play, which tackled the important issue of pedestrian safety amongst teenagers.

Produced by local theatre company, Time, the play was performed to year nine pupils at all Knowsley’s secondary schools and set out clearly the potential consequences that distractions such as mobile phones or wearing headphones can have whilst being out and about.

Val Burke, headteacher at Knowsley Park, said: “The performance was really good and put across the road safety awareness in a brilliant way. The pupils enjoyed it and were quite emotional at the end, so hopefully this brought home the importance of road safety.”

In addition, the council’s parking enforcement programme has helped to improve road safety outside schools, improve the flow of traffic in town centres and support resident parking schemes. It hopes to prevent the inconsiderate and dangerous parking to increase the overall safety for pedestrians and other drivers.