The West Midlands has the safest roads in the UK, according to a report issued by the Road Safety Foundation today.
Junctions are the most dangerous spots. One in three serious accidents takes place at road junctions.
All of the motorways in the region are classified as low risk roads. Just one road in the West Midlands, part of the A480 between Hereford and Leominster, is classified as high risk. The nearest road to Birmingham with a medium high risk tag is the A451 in Kidderminster.
The report says that single roads are more dangerous than dual carriageways and motorways. The risk level has been worked out by totting up the number of fatalities or serious injuries in accidents on a road, in proportion to the amount of traffic that uses that particular road.
Roads in Scotland come out with the highest risk levels in the UK.
Click here for the police update on the operation to stop the boy racers.
Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace Richard Cartwright, aged 26, who has absconded from an open prison.
Cartwright, was sentenced to five years in November 2008 after being found guilty of robbery, affray, assault and burglary charges. He was granted to serve the remainder of his sentence at HMP Sudbury (open prison) from which he absconded on Wednesday 16 June. Cartwright is believed to have links to the Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth areas. He is described as white male, 6ft 1ins tall, slim build, short brown hair.
Anyone with information about him, or who sees a man matching his description, is asked not to approach him but to contact police by dialling 999.
Alternatively, if you have information about his possible whereabouts, contact officers at Sutton Coldfield police station on 0345 113 5000.
Birmingham’s Assistant Deputy Coroner today recorded an open verdict on the death of Alan Lewis, whose body was found in the canal near the Tyburn Pub last December. The post mortem report revealed that he had died by drowning, and had consumed a significant amount of alcohol.
More details to follow in July’s Vale Mail.
Local police say they will continue their efforts to stop the car racing on Sunday nights on the Fort parkway A47. Many police officers were preoccupied with dealing with drunkenness and rowdiness in the aftermath of England’s World Cup defeat, but later in the evening, arrests were made in dealing with the racers. Penalty tickets were issued, and one driver was arrested for taking a vehicle without consent.
One local resident (click here to see comments section) says that the racing continued for five hours last night (Sunday).
Mums and dads across Birmingham are being urged to discuss money matters with their children. The push takes place during national My Money Week which starts today (June 28th).
Jacqui Oldbury, lead officer for Birmingham City Council’s Financial Literacy Group, said: “Schools have a vital role to play in this. But we mustn’t forget that parents and carers are by far the most influential people when it comes to teaching young people about money. Unfortunately talking about money remains a taboo topic for too many people. It is vital that all adults feel comfortable talking about money both with each other and the young people they care for.”
Most teachers and parents – 93 per cent – think personal finance should be taught in schools and 90 per cent of children say they worry about money on a daily basis. Nearly a quarter of teenagers – 23 per cent – think overdrafts are an easy way to spend more than they earn.
The average age at which children start to buy things online is 10.
The weather is set fair for Sutton Coldfield Carnival today and tomorrow in Sutton Park. Organisers are expecting a busy weekend, despite the attractions of large screen televisions in pubs on Sunday lunchtime.