Police appeal for witnesses as road safety campaign is launched

POLICE in Chester are seeking witnesses to help with an enquiry over an incident of dangerous driving.

In the early hours of Sunday, November 16, a vehicle attempting to avoid the Police was travelling along the roads surrounding the University and caused some students to take drastic action to avoid colliding with it.

The news comes as Road Safety Week began this past Monday, 17 November, amid statistics stating fixed penalty fines for careless driving are issued on average every five minutes in the North West.

Brake, the road safety charity, launched the annual initiative along with a related ‘look out for each other’ campaign as it was revealed more than one in three (36 per cent) North West children say they have been hit, or nearly been hit, while on foot or bike.

400 primary school children were surveyed as part of Road Safety Week, which runs from November 17-23, with 78 per cent saying they think roads in their community can be dangerous for walking and cycling.

The ‘look out for each other’ campaign urges road users to protect people on foot or bike by slowing to 20mph in communities, looking longer and driving slower at junctions and bends.

Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill MP said: “Cycling and walking are healthy ways to get around and are good for the environment too and I want more people to be able to make this choice for their journeys. At the same time we want to ensure cyclists and pedestrians are safe.”

Anybody with information regarding the incident on November 16 can contact PC Ben Jones on Benjamin.jones5115@cheshire.pnn.police.uk or by contacting the Cheshire Outer NPT on 01606 366145.

For more information on Road Safety Week, go to @Brakecharity on Twitter, http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk or use the hashtags #RoadSafetyWeek and #LookOutForEachOther.



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