The police commissioner for Merseyside is asking local people and other agencies for their input to try and make the region’s roads safer.
Jane Kennedy has launched a consultation asking residents whether they back her proposal to make ‘improving road safety’ a new priority for the region.
The consultation is part of Ms Kennedy’s work to produce a new ‘police and crime plan’ which will shape and inform the way policing and community safety is delivered across Merseyside. The plan currently has four priorities, but Ms Kennedy is hoping to make road safety a fifth.
Since 2010, Merseyside has witnessed a ‘sharp increase’ in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads.
Jane Kennedy said: “I have become increasingly concerned about road safety in Merseyside. More pedestrians die or are seriously hurt on the roads in our region than any other part of the country.
“Last year 585 people either lost their lives or suffered serious injuries on our region’s roads – that equates to more than 11 people every single week. Any death or serious injury on our roads is one too many and 11 a week is simply unacceptable.
“Each and every one brings suffering and misery to those who are involved, their families and friends. Lives are broken and futures destroyed, yet many of these collisions are avoidable.
“I believe it is time that, in conjunction with all my community safety partners, we concentrate on tackling this issue to prevent other people needlessly losing their lives on our roads.”
The consultation will run until 16 January 2017.