Save lives – ppre­vent ac­ci­dents

Pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime -

Road safety char­ity Brake is call­ing on all road users to look out for each other to help stop the five deaths and 61 se­ri­ous in­juries that hap­pen ev­ery day on UK roads - and par­tic­u­larly to pro­tect peo­ple on foot and bike.

The call comes at the start of Road Safety Week, co­or­di­nated by Brake, dur­ing which po­lice across the coun­try will be step­ping up traf­fic en­force­ment to de­ter and catch driv­ers putting oth­ers at risk.

As part of the cam­paign, Brake a n d p a r t n e r s R SA and Spec­savers, have re­veale d statis­tics s h ow i n g s h o c k i n g num­bers of UK driv­ers risk­ing lives by flout­ing traf­fic laws.

They show t hat almost one mil­lion fixed penalty no­tices were is­sued for care­less driv­ing and speed­ing o f f e n c e s l a s t ye a r –almost two a minute. Some 950,505 were for speed­ing and 17,483 for care­less driv­ing.

Re­sults of Brake’s survey of 5,000 pri­mary school­child­ren show that two thirds think roads in their area can be dan­ger­ous for walk­ing and cy­cling, while two in five say they have been hit or nearly hit by a ve­hi­cle while on foot or bike.

The char­ity is call­ing on all driv­ers to slow down to 20mph in com­mu­ni­ties, look longer and take it slow at junc­tions and bends, giv­ing peo­ple plenty of room and con­sid­er­a­tion.

B r a k e ’s d e p u t y chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Townsend said: “When d r i v e r s u s e ro a d s with­out care for oth­ers the con­se­quences can be tragic and hor­rific.

“At Brake we wit­ness t h e s u f f e r i ng t hat re­sults, daily, through our work sup­port­ing peo­ple af­fected by road death and in­jury. Pro­tect each other.”

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