Liverpool drivers warned police will target five major city roads

Durning Road in Edge Hill is one of those named as an accident hotspot
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Five key hotspots for accidents are to be the focus of a major road safety drive in Liverpool.

More breath tests, drug wipes and checks on offences including mobile phone use and seatbelts are to be carried out on the five roads, all of which police say are particularly prone to accidents. They are Durning Road in Edge Hill, Priory Road in Anfield, Wavertree Boulevard in Wavertree, Brookfield Drive in Fazakerley and Prescot Road in Old Swan.

Merseyside Police say extra patrols have already been carried out in those areas, and promised more action will follow - with a stark warning to drivers not to put themselves and others at risk. They are working with the city council and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to enforce a crackdown, as they say their ultimate goal is to reduce road deaths to zero by 2040.

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They have looked at data from the five roads and identified the extra work they say will make a difference, pointing to the "fatal four" combination of factors which experts say lead to the most serious accidents. They are drink and drug driving, excess speed, failure to wear seatbelts and distracted driving such as using mobile phones behind the wheel.

Liverpool council says it will continue to engage with primary schools and support the creation of a safer roads watch scheme where people can take action to make their own roads safer. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, meanwhile, will target local events for engagement and provide education to secondary students using the latest technology as the three bodies come together.

Chief Inspector Steve Robinson from Merseyside Police said: "Unfortunately, we’ve seen the devastation caused to those who have lost loved ones and suffered lifelong injuries because of reckless driving on our roads. That’s why we are committed to making our roads safer across the Liverpool area and beyond.

"Targeted enforcement operations in known collision hotspots, often caused by the ‘fatal four’ – not wearing a seatbelt, drink, and drug driving, speeding and using a handheld mobile phone – will include high visibility patrols and roadside checks with breathalysers, field impairment tests and drug wipes.

"In partnership with Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Fire & Rescue, we are also offering advice and education to road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers to be road smart and think about the steps that all road users can take to avoid collisions.

"I want to appeal to the public to help us in reducing the number of collisions and casualties by reporting instances of unsafe driving to us, via calling 101 or submitting an online report on our website."

Jonathan Davies, chair of the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, added: "It’s positive to see this unified approach to road safety with action from the Council, Police and Fire services to reduce the volume of people being Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI’s) on our roads."

He added: "The heartache and lasting impact these collisions have is life changing to all involved. No one deserves to be killed on our roads and operations like this. Working together is key to reducing KSI’s and making our roads a safer place."

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