Posted on 5th April 2019

Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner has funded a project which aims to make senior road users safer on the county’s roads.

More than 50 residents attended an event in Frodsham today (Friday 5 April) to hear tips and advice on how they can drive safely for longer.

The seminar was targeted at over 60s and focused on speed awareness, driving in the dark in rural areas and how to be aware of other road users, including cyclists and horse riders.

After the seminar, drivers were offered a driving assessment with a qualified driving instructor to measure their performance and receive tailored advice and support.

PCC David Keane awarded a grant from his Safer Communities Fund to help fund the event. The Commissioner also opened the event.

David said: “Over the last year, the number of people dying and becoming seriously injured on Cheshire’s roads has risen significantly. 13 of those killed in road traffic collisions in Cheshire last year were over the age of 60. This represents 28% of the overall deaths on Cheshire’s roads in 2018.

“In some of these cases, a fatal outcome could have been avoided if the drivers, riders or pedestrians involved had followed simple safety advice to protect themselves and other road users.”

The seminar was organised by Frodsham Town Council in partnership with Cheshire police, Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC).

“It’s great to see that local organisations like Frodsham Town Council are working with the police to proactively try to reduce the number of incidents on Cheshire’s roads.

“My Safer Communities Fund is here to support local residents and community groups who want to proactively tackle crime so it’s fitting that this project benefits from the funding”, added David.

Frodsham Town Council and CWAC hope to run future events to support even more senior road users in the area.