This chart paints a shocking picture. It shows the pedestrian casualty statistics in Wirral compared with the national trend (2008 national data is yet to be released).
This country already has a poor record on pedestrian road safety compared with our European peers. However, Wirral is worse again and I find this completely unacceptable.
Our Council needs to do a lot more and has been rightly criticised by the government for not doing enough.
One simple and cost effective measure which is being introduced elsewhere is a 20 mph speed limit on residential roads. Below 20mph any collision is unlikely to result in a fatality but above this speed the risk of death increases exponentially.
What do you think? The poll top right is your chance to express a view.
Thanks to Living Streets Wirral for providing the data: