Fire Service supporting National Road Safety Week (21 – 27 November, 2011)
The initiative, promoted locally by the Safer Roads Partnership and West Mercia Police, aims to highlight the number of young people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions every year and to promote safer habits amongst this group and all road users as winter approaches.
Road traffic collisions account for a significant number of the total incidents that Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service attends each year and so road safety is always a key priority for the Service.
Gill Pinder, Education Liaison Officer with H&WFRS, said: "People may be surprised to learn that last year our crews attended almost 55 per cent more road traffic collisions than it did house fires.
"We tend to get called to the more serious collisions, where the vehicles have caught fire or the occupants are trapped, and naturally we are keen to do all that we can to encourage people to drive more safely.
"We work with the Safer Roads Partnership and other partner agencies throughout the year to raise awareness with young drivers in particular, and road safety is also an important part of our Winter Safety Campaign and we will continue to encourage road users across Herefordshire and Worcestershire to take extra care as the weather worsens."