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Adult road safety roadshow to roll into town

A Merseyside wide road safety roadshow – aimed at reducing the number of adult pedestrian casualties – will roll into St Helens on Friday 15 January.

From 11am -3pm in Church Square, a series of old and new road safety adverts will be shown, and road safety officers will be on hand to offer advice on a one-to-one basis.

Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service will also be in attendance, along with a crash car trailer on display to drive home the impact collisions can have.

It comes at a time when 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 accidents in the last three years – 17 of which were killed.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Housing and Community Safety, Councillor Richard McCauley said: “For anyone in and around Church Square on Friday, I would encourage them to give up a few minutes of their time to see the impact neglecting oncoming traffic can have.

“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 per cent of them.”

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.”

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