Councillor issues road safety warning after near miss

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A Bispham councillor has issued a warning to parents about road safety after a child ran in front of his van.

Conservative councillor Colin Maycock narrowly avoided a serious car accident on Plymouth Road in Bispham after a young boy rushed into the path of two oncoming vehicles.

Coun Colin Maycock

Coun Colin Maycock

He said: “I was travelling in my van towards Bispham and the other side of the road towards Blackpool was two lanes of standing traffic.

“A child about 12 or 13-years-old rode a scooter right across the road without looking.

“I had to break so hard I had to shove myself back in my seat and hurt my lower back.

“He had obviously gone through the two lanes of standing traffic and thought it would be the same on the other side.”

A child about 12 or 13-years-old rode a scooter right across the road without looking

Mr Maycock added that he was travelling at around 25mph at the time of the incident, which took place at around 3.30pm on October 22.

He said: “If I had been travelling just a few miles-per-hour more I would have hit him.

“Luckily the car behind me managed to break in time.”

Now Mr Maycock, a father-of-five, is issuing a warning to other parents about the importance of teaching children road safety.

“It’s never too early to start teaching children to stop at roads.

“Teenagers think they’re invincible. Road safety needs to be drummed into them as early as possible so by the time they’re 13 or 14 it’s become a habit.”

“I’ve seen my own children cross the road without looking.

“Mobile phones are a big problem, Kids are looking down at their screens when they cross the road and they’re not taking notice of their surroundings.”

Road safety is an ongoing concern in the Blackpool area, which sees more than 13m visitors driving in each year.

In 2013 there were a total of 582 casualties and 73 deaths in the resort caused by traffic accidents.

Across the whole of the UK, around 44% of deaths of children aged five to nine-years-old are caused by traffic accidents, according to research carried out by the RAC Foundation.

This figure raises to around 51% for children aged 10 to 14-years-old. Boys are more likely to be victims of road accidents than girls.

A 15-year-old child is more than twice as likely to be killed in a traffic accident than in a fire, flood, or physical assault combined.

Mr Maycock said: “It just takes one chance. Not every child who runs out into the road without looking is going to be as lucky as the one who came out in front of me.”