Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, has been named ‘Parliamentarian of the Month’ by national road safety charity Brake for her work in campaigning to prevent further tragedy on West Lancashire roads following recent fatal crashes in her constituency.
Following a crash in October 2008, in which Lathom High School pupil Christian Willis, 14, was hit and killed while crossing Houghtons Road, Rosie secured agreements with Lancashire County Council to install a Speed Indictor Device (SPID) on Houghtons Road, as well as agreements to tidy up pathways near Lathom High School and provide better lighting to encourage pupils to use the safer walking routes to and from school.
Rosie has called on the Council to reduce speed limits to 20mph outside schools in West Lancashire and on other routes where there are concerns for residents’ safety. She is also planning a speed reduction initiative in the New Year, with local police.
Rosie Cooper MP says: “Keeping children and pedestrians safe is a major concern in areas like Skelmersdale which as a new town had many roads built without pavements. Some people don't feel safe enough using the paths and underpasses to get around so it is not uncommon to see people walking on the road alongside fast moving traffic.
"In West Lancashire the solutions to the problems of road safety vary as the challenges differ between the rural and urban roads. Following recent fatalities involving children, I am calling for a reduction in speed limits, especially outside schools and I am working with the police, schools, and local authorities to improve walking routes, provide wardens to make our roads safer and to do whatever it takes to stop this dreadful waste of lives."
Cathy Keeler, Head of Campaigns at Brake says: “Brake is delighted to name Rosie as Parliamentarian of the Month to recognise her hard work in campaigning for improvements to road safety in West Lancashire. There can be nothing more devastating than the death of a child on our roads. It’s great to see communities working together to prevent these tragedies.“