POLICE will target motorists with high visibility patrols throughout May, after it was revealed more people are likely to be killed or seriously injured on the roads of Merseyside this month.
Each May, Merseyside Police sees an increase in the number of casualties among child pedestrians, cyclists aged eleven to 16, drivers and passengers in motor vehicles and motorcyclists.
Since 2006, 221 people were either killed or seriously injured on the roads of Merseyside during May, compared with 185 in April and 197 in June.
Last May, 59 people were killed or seriously injured compared with 46 in April and 36 in June.
Half of all those killed, or sustained life-changing injuries, are drivers and passengers in cars, with 41 per cent of those being young people aged 17 to 25.
Chief inspector Chris Markey, from Merseyside Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “The number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads of Merseyside comes at a huge cost in terms of human tragedy and financial impact.