Road Safety Week 2017 is co-ordinated by road safety charity Brake and is the UK’s biggest road safety event. It’s funded by the Department for Transport, together with Commercial Sponsors and takes place annually, this year from 20 – 26 November.
Each year there is a different theme, this year’s is “Speed Down Saves Lives” – including focus on “rural roads are not race tracks”, “speed cameras save lives”, and “going slow = stopping in time”, to name but a few. The aim of each campaign is to raise awareness and promote life-saving messages during the week and beyond. Involvement could be as simple as making a pledge – if you want to get involved, more details here. An electronic action pack can be downloaded from the Road Safety Week website. Those taking part include Local Authorities, Fire Services, Police Forces, Health Professionals, Driving Instructors, and many more. It is a vital campaign that highlights the issues caused by a fast speeding vehicle.
The message could not be of greater importance in light of the fact that breaking the speed limit or travelling too fast for the conditions is recorded by Police at crash scenes as a contributory factor in one in four fatal accidents.
We have so many newer vehicles on our roads that are more powerful than ever before and reach higher speeds quickly; we all know the temptation of increasing our speed to try and save ourselves a few minutes here and there when, the reality is, this could be costing lives. Indeed, a recent Brake survey found that 40% of UK drivers admitted that they sometimes drive at 30mph in a 20mph speed limit area.
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