Staying safe on our roads

A free event aimed at senior road users aged over 60 is being held on Tuesday 6th March.

Liverpool City Council has organised the event in the Alex Young suite at Everton Football Club from 10am – 2pm, targeted at not just drivers but also bus users and pedestrians.

Places are still available and can be booked by calling 0151 233 3073 or emailing road.safety@liverpool.gov.uk

Councillor Steve Munby, Liverpool’s Cabinet member for highways, said: “We have a growing older population driving cars, using public transport and using our pavements.

“At the same time, the roads are getting busier because we are a growing, successful city and that means we need to do all we can to help older people stay safe on our roads and pavements.

“This is a free session which will provide handy hints, tips and advice to help older people stay safer for longer.”

Lunch and refreshments will be provided as well as information, advice and free handouts with useful hints and tips.

Older drivers will also be able to sign up to a free ‘Drive Safer For Longer’, a two hour confidential session with a driving instructor funded by Merseyside Road Safety Partnership.

Over the last 40 years, the number of vehicles on the roads has almost trebled from 12 million to 35 million.

In the past decade, there has been a 53 percent rise in the number of people aged over 60 killed and seriously injured on the roads – while those affected aged over 80 has increased 3.5 times.

And the number of drivers aged over 70 increased from 2.2 million to 3.9 million from 1992 – 2012 and is projected to rise to 5.8 million by 2032. In Liverpool, the number of over 65s in Liverpool is predicted to grow by 50 percent over the next 20 years.

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