Fire and rescue service backs Road Safety Week

By Barrie Hudson - 16 November 2020

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Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has added its voice to those backing National Road Safety Week, which runs until 22 November.

The Service is actively involved in both the Wiltshire & Swindon Road Safety Partnership and Dorset Road Safe, and leads delivery of the Safe Drive Stay Alive and Survive the Drive roadshows. 

The first round of covid restrictions saw an increase in speed nationally. The road safety team at DWFRS attributes this to a number of factors including quieter roads and stressed drivers. 

Anticipating a repeat of this trend throughout the second lockdown, the team are asking everyone to embrace Brake’s 2020 Road Safety Week theme: “No need to speed.” 

This, the service says, is even more vital now that the seasons have changed, the roads are wet and sometimes icy, and the daylight hours are much shorter. 

Road Safety Manager Christine Sharma said: “Alongside our partners, we always take an active part in Brake’s Road Safety Week. This year’s theme is ‘No need to speed.'

“Someone is injured on a UK road every four minutes, and vehicle speed plays a part in every collision. We’re asking everyone to think before they hit the road and help us spread this life-saving message. "Everyone has a responsibility for road safety, whether they are a driver or a passenger, and our education programmes are designed to bring that home as effectively as possible.”

The Safe Drive team will be running three Survive the Drive roadshows during the week for military audiences across the country, as well as hosting a virtual event aimed at businesses interested in commissioning a Safe Drive event for their staff. 

The corporate preview will be held on 19 November and details of how to book can be found at https://www.dwfire.org.uk/safety/road-safety-week/  

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue’s Road Safety Team have had a busy year creating new ways of getting their road safety messages out, due to social distancing restrictions. This includes several interactive workbooks aimed at KS3, KS4 and KS5, which can be found at https://www.dwfire.org.uk/education/road-safety/road-safety-education/

More information about the road safety charity Brake and National Road Safety Week can be found at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk

More information about the road safety work carried out by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service can be found at https://www.dwfire.org.uk/education/road-safety/

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