A fight for safer roads

New road safety campaign set up by Mark Preval, called The Road to Safety in the 5 Towns. Mark is pictured with representatives from Featherstone Rovers, Wakefield Wildcats, Castleford Tigers and the council.'p302a250
New road safety campaign set up by Mark Preval, called The Road to Safety in the 5 Towns. Mark is pictured with representatives from Featherstone Rovers, Wakefield Wildcats, Castleford Tigers and the council.'p302a250

A CASTLEFORD dad has launched a campaign to reduce the number of deaths on our roads.

Mark Preval is being backed by councillors, the police and rugby clubs after setting up The Road to Safety in The 5 Towns.

It began as a one-man Facebook page, but has now become a crusade to raise awareness and bring together groups.

He is now calling on businesses, schools and community leaders to join his fight.

Mr Preval, 45, of Park Road, said; “I think that over the years focus has been lost due to lack of funding and support from a number of key areas in regards active road safety groups.

“This has to change. Our roads are getting busier and more congested. Our population is growing with more business parks and more housing, which has an affect on our roads.

“The whole point of this campaign is to unite the five towns community. All areas will have specific issues, but many will be the same - speeding, parking at schools, red light jumping.

“It’s also about getting it across to our young adults and children about being safe when cycling or simply crossing roads.

“Unless we learn to interact better and respect life, people will ultimately be seriously injured or worse. Whether you’re going for a drive to the shops, going to work, walking across the street or going for a ride on your bike, it needs to improve.”

The father-of-two set up the group after being knocked off his bicycle a few years ago.

He has already attended road safety meetings across the district and is setting up groups for Castleford and Knottingley.

He wants haulage firms to help promote the dangers of HGV traffic and is to speak to driving instructors to see how they can work together.

The campaign, which aims to make roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, will promote walking and cycling for pupils and parents to ease congestion around schools.

It is being backed by Wakefield Council, West Yorkshire Police, Featherstone Rovers and Castleford Tigers.

Castleford councillor Tony Wallis, who also sits on West Yorkshire Fire Authority, said: “I think it is an excellent idea and it is brilliant that people are volunteering and willing to come forward and help.

“I fully support his campaign and I hope it will bring down the number of accidents and deaths on our roads.”

To get involved contact Mr Preval by email at m.preval1@sky.com or through the group’s Facebook page .