National Road Safety Day - Friday 6 July, 2012
Members of the Service’s Community Safety team will be joined by the Safer Roads Partnership to visit both Strensham Services (M5 Southbound, between Junctions 7 & 8) and Hopwood Park Services (M42, Junction 2) on 6 July to pass on some key road safety messages to motorists. Fire crews will also be supporting National Road Safety Day with several initiatives being planned across the two counties.
As part of this, they will be promoting the saying ‘Only a Fool ….Breaks the Two Second Rule’, encouraging drivers to think carefully about the speed they are travelling at and the distance they are leaving between their own vehicle and the one in front.
Lee Howell, CFOA President, said: “I am delighted that CFOA is leading on this important road safety initiative. Despite the success over the recent years in reducing the number of road traffic collisions, there are still an average of five deaths and 65 serious injuries on the UK roads each day.”
Station Commander Grant Wills from HWFRS said: “Our crews attended 659 road traffic collisions in 2011/2012, with 119 of these involving serious injuries and 12 fatalities. Similar to other Fire and Rescue Services, we tend to get called to the more serious incidents and so road safety always sits high on our agenda.”
He confirmed that HWFRS is part of the West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership and works closely with other agencies to promote road safety throughout the year. He added; “CFOA’s National Road Safety Day gives us another opportunity to highlight road safety, and we hope motorists will heed these messages.”
At a national level, responsibility for road safety sits within the Prevention, Protection and Road Safety Directorate. Dave Curry, Director of PPRS said: “Twenty-five per cent of non-fire call-outs are to road traffic collisions. Everyday our fire crews deal with the traumatic aftermath of these incidents, many of which are preventable. As a result of this experience and our positive relationship with the public, the Fire and Rescue Service is ideally placed to deliver road safety messages.”
Dave Etheridge, CFOA Lead for Road Safety said: “We want to encourage all Fire and Rescue Services to get involved in talking to the public on 6 July, CFOA National Road Safety Day. Too many people drive far too close to the car in front and don’t allow enough time to brake safely. A recent Brake and Direct Line survey discovered that 53% of those questioned admit to breaking the Two Second Rule on motorways. Don’t forget to keep your distance and drive according to the weather conditions.”