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June is one of the months of the year that has seen the largest amount of rescues from crashes on Merseyside’s roads with 13 rescued by firefighters in June 2013 and 10 rescued in June 2014.
Watch Manager John Cousins, Road Safety Co-ordinator at our Service, said: “Young people are still disproportionately at risk on the roads and you are most at risk when you first start to drive. Inexperienced drivers and distraction is a lethal cocktail.
“You may think you’re used to multi-
tasking: but texting and using the internet
while you’re watching TV isn’t the same as doing so while you’re behind the wheel. Your reaction times are 50% slower while talking on a phone, and you’re four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile while driving.”
Whether you’re younger or older, using a mobile phone, texting, using in-vehicle technologies, such as satnavs, and even eating can distract you from the road. Even if it’s just for a few seconds – that’s all it takes to have or cause a crash.
Sergeant Paul Mountford, of Merseyside Police’s roads policing casualty reduction team, said: "Lack of concentration features heavily in many road traffic collisions and drivers need to be aware that actions such as using their mobile phone, eating or reading pose a significant threat to their safety and the safety of other road users, particularly cyclists and pedestrians.
"You are four times more likely to be involved in a collision if using your mobile phone while driving. And it is proven that you halve your chance of dying in a collision if you wear a seat belt in either the front or back of the car.
"Our officers will continue to adopt a zero tolerance approach to the offences that cause the most serious collisions such as using your phone, speeding and not wearing a seat belt.”
A poster with imagery from Essex Fire and Rescue Service created by MF&RS Corporate Communications.
• There’s no safe way to use a phone whilst driving – turn it off or put it on silent, and put it out of reach.
• Be a safe passenger – let the driver focus on the road.
• Just drive – eating, drinking and smoking whilst driving reduces your reaction time.
• Set your satnav or your sound system before you drive. If you need to adjust them, pull over in a safe place.
Fire crews carrying out a road safety event in Liverpool City Centre.
Photos by Lyndsay Young.
Station Manager John O'Boyle, pictured offering advice to Doreen Campbell and Patricia Ward at the road safety demonstration in Liverpool.

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