In 2014 there was an 8% rise in road casualties across Merseyside compared to the previous year. Some 613 people were killed or seriously injured and it is clear that some road users are more at risk than others.
Pedestrians: Most are involved in collisions with cars whilst they are crossing the road and also whilst they are intoxicated.
Cyclists: There is an increasing number of cyclists using the road network, with a corresponding rise in road casualties. It is vital that riders obey the rules of the road including traffic light signals and pavement riding. Lots of riders are injured whilst re-joining the road.
Motorcyclists: Take advantage of the Bikesafe scheme operated by Merseyside Police and our partners to improve skills and reduce the risks
Young & Novice Drivers: Are you thinking about learning to drive? Are you a parent contemplating who is going to teach your son or daughter? Choose an Engage driving instructor to increase skills, reduce the risks and for peace of mind. It’s not just safer, but it could save you money. Click on the link on the right hand side.
The vast majority of collisions involve a motor vehicle – car, bus or lorry.
- Look out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, especially children and the elderly.
- Give cyclists time and space and keep out of advanced stop line areas.
- Look out for motorcyclists. Think and look twice for bikers!
- Common factors in crashes are excess speed, not wearing seatbelts and using mobile phones whilst driving.
- Drinking and driving? Have NONE for the road! Even one alcoholic drink can affect your driving. It’s not worth the risk.
Be Phone Smart
Help to reduce the number of people killed or injured on the roads of Merseyside:
- Stay within the speed limit – the difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life or death.
- Don’t make or answer mobile phone calls when you’re driving - reaction times for drivers using a phone are around 50% slower than normal driving. (link to http://think.direct.gov.uk/video-mobiles.html)
- Don’t drink or drug drive - You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it's the 'morning after'. ‘Time’ is the only way to get alcohol out of your system.
- Never accept a lift from a driver who you suspect is over the legal limit.
- Always wear a seatbelt - in a crash you’re twice as likely to die if you don’t.
- Obey traffic signals and road signs - if your gamble goes wrong, it’s your fault.
Penalties for road traffic offences
- Drink/ drug driving – up to a 12 month driving ban and a £5,000 fine
- Exceeding speed limits – 3 penalty points and up to £100 fine
- Using a hand held phone while driving – 6 penalty points and up to £200 fine
- Failing to wear a seatbelt – up to £100 fine
- Unnecessary/wilful obstruction – up to £30 fine
- Driving on a footway - £50 fine.
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