Merseyside's Police Commissioner will be opening a 'mock trial' hosted by Wirral Council's Safer Roads Team aiming at improving road safety today.
Organised in conjunction with the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, the event aims to encourage companies to work in partnership with the police and local authorities to ensure the safety of their staff when they are driving for work.
In 2019, 24% of all collisions on Merseyside involved a driver on a work-related journey. Furthermore, more than half of all arrests for drink and drug driving related to professionals from a range of trades and occupations.
Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: "I’m pleased to support Wirral Council as they work with employers to make our region’s roads safer. Every death or serious injury on the roads of Merseyside is one too many. Here on Merseyside, too many people are knocked down, knocked off their motor bikes and cycles every year, or are injured in their cars.
"Back in 2016, when I made a commitment to making road safety one of my policing priorities, the figures confirmed that people on Merseyside were more likely to be killed or seriously injured per 100,000 head of population than in similar metropolitan areas.
"Since I made that pledge nearly four years ago, things have improved. Every year since there has been a 10% reduction in the number of people killed or serious injured. Nationally, Merseyside has improved significantly. We now stand 10th in terms of the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads out of 43 forces across the country. This is pretty good given we ranked 22nd back in 2016.
"This is great news, but there is still much more that can be done and work-related collisions are an area where improvements can certainly be made.
"I am delighted to see companies working in partnership with the police and local authorities, after all, owners and managers are legally required to ensure the safety of their own staff – it is not optional - so today’s initiative is very welcome.”
The Trial Scenario
A driver from Acme Refrigeration, a local refrigeration servicing company, was travelling from Heswall to repair a unit in Chester. On his journey the driver was involved in a collision after trying to overtake a tractor and trailer on a narrow section of road. The subsequent police enquiry highlights several key areas where the company appears not to have fulfilled its duty of care obligations and the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) decide to prosecute. The failings highlighted by the police, known as aggravating factors, are reported in Court and consequently make the situation far worse for the employer, and the penalties more severe.
Throughout the mock trial we will look at and examine:
- what caused the road traffic collision;
- why poor company procedures made it worse;
- how failings by senior management to manage company policy and procedures were used against them in court;
- what the penalties would likely be for both the driver and the employer.
To book a free place for the session please:
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