Pedestrians in Merseyside and Lancashire at "greatest risk" in UK

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Pedestrians in Merseyside and Lancashire are at greater risk of being killed than in almost any other place in the country, according to Department for Transport figures.

The department's most recent available data - from 2011 - shows that the chances of a pedestrian being killed varies depending on what part of the UK they are in.

The data shows a total of 5,907 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads.

Merseyside, the West Midlands and Lancashire were the three most dangerous areas, with 14 deaths per 100,000 people.

In Warwickshire and Suffolk, the number was just 5 per 100,000, or fewer.

There is no real explanation for the regional variation.

Road safety campaigners claim a 20mph limit in built-up areas would reduce child pedestrian deaths dramatically.