Officers urge all road users to take extra care on Cheshire’s roads Date published: 1st November 2018 11.44am

Cheshire police is urging all road users to take extra care on the county’s roads following a series of fatal collisions.

Over the past week the Roads Policing team have dealt with six fatal collisions across Cheshire, along with two serious incidents on the M6 which brought the local road network to a standstill.

Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell said: “As the lead for Road Policing in Cheshire I am deeply saddened by the loss of life over the last week.

“Each and every fatality is tragic and bring with them heartache and grief to all family and friends that will last forever. Fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, siblings, grandparents and friends are lost in such instances and this is such a waste of lives.

“Last week the Road Policing team dealt with six fatal collisions in six days and the same team are continuing to investigate a further two fatal collisions that occurred earlier in October. One of which resulted in the death of two young men, bringing the total number of deaths to nine in October alone.

“All these collisions are being thoroughly investigated so we can provide answers to their families as to why their loved ones with never be returning home. Specialist officers are supporting grieving relatives and will stay with them throughout the enquiries and beyond.

“The causation factors will be established and this is where we as police and our partners in the fire and rescue service will focus our efforts in the future to ensure we do all we can to educate drivers and robustly enforce laws designed to keep the road using public safe going about their day to day lives .

“I write this as a plea to everybody who uses the roads to take a real look at themselves as drivers, riders and pedestrians and please use our roads safely.

“You can all play your part by keeping to speed limits, not drinking or taking drugs before driving, wearing seatbelts, not using mobile phones and generally paying 100% attention to the roads and other users.

“This way we stand a chance of reducing casualties and preventing the recently all too common knock on the door from a police officer bearing bad news that will change lives forever.”

If you are aware of road users who regularly break driving rules then please contact Cheshire Police on 101, Alternatively information can be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

Cheshire Police also offer a facility on the website to upload any dashcam footage you may have of poor driving standards. Footage can be uploaded via the following link: https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries .