A CAMPAIGN is being launched to help tackle racing and
antisocial driving in Bolton following a number of serious
collisions in the town.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater
Manchester Police (GMP), Bolton Council and Bolton Council of
Mosques (BCoM) are teaming up for the pilot campaign, which will
run in the lead up to summer.
It comes after a serious collision involving three cars that
were racing in St Helen's Road, Daubhill, at 11.30pm on July 21,
Shocked onlookers rushed to the scene to help and pull people
from the cars after one vehicle flipped onto its roof. The incident
resulted in 11 casualties including pedestrians and some of the
injuries sustained were serious.
One man was sentenced to three years and 10 months in a young
offenders' institute and disqualified from driving for four years,
another was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison and
also disqualified from driving for four years and a third man was
sentenced to six months suspended for 18 months and was ordered to
carry out 100 hours unpaid work.
On August 4, 2013, emergency services attended a collision
between two high performance cars on Blackburn Road in Astley
Bridge shortly before 2am.
A 14-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man were released from the
cars by firefighters and were taken to hospital. Five other people
suffered minor injuries.
As part of the campaign, a local freelance journalist has been
commissioned to produce a DVD about the Daubhill incident and the
effects it had on the lives of those involved as well as the local
community and emergency services who attended.
He will also join BCoM representations, police officers,
firefighters and community safety staff from GMFRS at a series of
events at mosques throughout the town starting on Friday, February
21 - where a range of activities will be taking place to raise
awareness of the dangers of racing and antisocial driving.
GMFRS' Driving Simulator will give people the opportunity to
test their driving skills and risk awareness, the Service's
Community Event Vehicle will be at the venues with various safety
resources and police and fire officers will be on hand to provide
information and advice.
Chair of BCoM, Dr Kamran Khan, said: "If BCoM can contribute
towards preventing an issue that's become prevalent across Bolton
by engaging with local communities as well as local authorities, it
gives us the opportunity to provide a safer environment for
residents in Bolton.
"If we can save lives as a result of our contribution to the
campaign then it makes all the effort completely worthwhile."
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd,
said: "Road safety in Bolton is an important issue for local people
and is everyone's responsibility. The safer driving campaign is an
excellent way to raise awareness of the risks associated with
dangerous driving in Bolton in light of a series of collisions in
"The campaign represents a valuable opportunity for a range of
services to work together with the community, particularly young
people, to improve safety for everyone.
"I continue to encourage all users to share the road safely.
Members of GMP will be on hand to talk openly with young drivers
about the risks they face and the responsibility they have to drive
safely within the local area."
A full public launch event is being planned for later in the
year and further information will be provided nearer the time.