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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-24-09

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Stay safer for longer on the road and pavements

ROAD users in Liverpool aged over 60's are being invited to book a place at a free event, on Thursday, 12 October 2017. Liverpool City Council's traffic management and road safety team has organised the event at the Devonshire House Hotel on Edge Lane, from 10am to 2pm, targeted at not just drivers, but also bus users, cyclists and pedestrians with the aim of helping them stay safe on the roads. 

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', 2 hour confidential session with a driving instructor funded by Merseyside Road Safety Partnership. Places can be booked by calling:- 0151 233 3073 or by sending them an email.

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% 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 to 2012 and is projected to rise to 5.8 million by 2032. In Liverpool, the number of over 65's, in Liverpool, is predicted to grow by 50% over the next 20 years.


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