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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

National Road Safety Day

19/07/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be supporting the Chief Fire Officer Association’s (CFOA) National Road Safety Day on July 22nd in preparation for the big holiday getaway weekend.

"We want people to feel safe on Staffordshire’s roads and feel confident to be driving, however it is important that all drivers are aware of the dangers."

David Steele, Risk Reduction Manager

The two main messages Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service want to make motorists aware of are ‘only a fool breaks the two second rule’ and ‘it’s better to arrive five minutes late in this life than to arrive five minutes early in the next.’

The two second rule refers to the consequences of driving too close to the vehicle in front including stopping distances and using an appropriate adjustment for the conditions such as poor conditions or visibility.

The five minutes message is about speed and the consequences stating ‘It’s better to arrive five minutes late in this life than to arrive five minutes early in the next.’

David Steele, Risk Reduction Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We are frequently called to car crashes on Staffordshire’s roads and a lot of the collisions could have been avoided had the drivers been paying more attention to the road and their surroundings.

"The aim of this event is to highlight common mistakes drivers make, such as driving whilst tired and driving too close to the vehicle in front of them, things which can easily cause serious accidents.

"We want people to feel safe on Staffordshire’s roads and feel confident to be driving, however it is important that all drivers are aware of the dangers and are driving in a manner which does not endanger themselves or others.

"Our message to motorists is that if you have time please take a few minutes out of your journey to talk to our firefighters. The information they can give you will not only help to ensure your journey continues safely, but it could also save your life.

"We have made great progress in road safety in Staffordshire but we must not be complacent – the numbers involved are still far too high."