Adult pedestrians urged to take steps to safety

Published on: Thursday, 04-September-2014

A series of road safety roadshows – aimed at cutting the number of adult pedestrian casualties – are to be held throughout Merseyside.

They are being arranged as the latest figures show the rate of casualties has risen in the last three years*.

A total of 214 people aged between 26 and 59 were involved in serious accidents in the last three years, with six being killed

The highest number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured occurred in Liverpool.

Pedestrians failing to look at oncoming traffic is the single biggest factor contributing to these collisions and alcohol is reckoned to have been involved in 20% of them.

The roadshows will show a series of old and new road safety adverts and staff will be on hand to offer advice on a one-to-one basis.

They will take place, from 10am to 2pm on:

·         8 September at Marine Point, New Brighton

·         9 September at Derby Road, Huyton Town Centre

·         10 September at Chapel Street, Southport (by Café Nero)

·         11 September at Church Square, St Helens Town Centre,

·         12 September at Williamson Square, Liverpool City Centre

Dave Foulkes, Merseyside Road Safety Partnership manager said: “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.”

* Adult pedestrian KSI’s (killed or seriously injured) in Merseyside have risen from 86 in 2007 to 119 in 2013 (38%).