Spotlight on safety

A road traffic collision between St Michaels Road and Bilsborrow Lane. BELOW: A young driver lost control of his vehicle on St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow.

A road traffic collision between St Michaels Road and Bilsborrow Lane. BELOW: A young driver lost control of his vehicle on St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow.

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POLICE have launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging young people to drive safely after three serious road crashes in a week.

Residents had raised concerns to the Over Wyre policing team about the number of incidents around St Michael’s Road in Bilsborrow.

A young driver lost control of his vehicle on St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow.

A young driver lost control of his vehicle on St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow.

On Sunday, February 3, a black Citreon C2 lost control on St Michael’s Road.

Just days earlier a young driver of a silver car collided with another vehicle on the A6 between St Michael’s Road and Billsborrow Lane on Sunday January 29.

The crash left an 85-year-old woman – who was a passenger in the second car -–needing hospital treatment.

And on Saturday January 28, a young driver of a blue Renault Clio lost control on St Michael’s Road.

Two of crashes involved students from Myerscough College, prompting the PCs and PCSOs based in Garstang and Over Wyre to visit the college to set up a safety campaign.

PCSO Dave Edwards said: “We had three crashes in one week. Not all were students but we had an opportunity to go to the college and do something about it.”

From February 14 the Wasted Lives campaign will be delivered by Lancashire Fire and Rescue and the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety at the college, through videos that the college hopes will impact on young drivers.

Bernard Pendleton, Head of Student Support and Welfare at the College, said: “We are extremely pro-active when it comes to road safety for our students and we hope that these impactful workshops will have the desired response and help reduce the number of accidents that happen on roads in the local area.”

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