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Road Safety Day in Rising Brook

14/10/2011

Drivers are being invited to a road safety day on October 20th at Rising Brook Community Fire Station.

"With winter fast approaching we want to ensure people are staying as safe as possible on the roads."

Risk Reduction Officer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Jess Patten

The event, organised by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, will run from 10am to 4pm and is open to all local residents to help them stay safe on the roads this winter.

The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is spearheaded by Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

A variety of partners and businesses will be attending including Rising Brook Health Centre, Lloyds Pharmacy, Mincher-Lockett Opticians, Halfords, WR Davies Motors and the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Throughout the day, people will have the chance to hear about the effects of driving whilst on medication, deteriorating eyesight and see how vehicles should be prepared for winter.

WR Davies Motors have provided a car to demonstrate winter safety with and fire crews will be showing people the equipment they use in road traffic collisions. The Institute of Advanced Motorists will be offering free demo drives and tips on driving style.

Halfords are offering free winter safety checks an all cars at the event and have also donated a tool set which will be raffled off on the day.

Risk Reduction Officer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Jess Patten said: "With winter fast approaching we want to ensure people are staying as safe as possible on the roads, as winter brings additional risks and hazards.

"We do unfortunately tend to see an increase in road traffic collisions during the winter months, many of which can be avoided if people ensured their vehicles were fit-for-purpose and followed simple safety advice. We encourage people to attend this event and take advantage of the invaluable advice and free checks on offer."

Staffordshire County Councillor Mike Maryon, cabinet member for highways and transport said: "Road safety is at the top of our agenda and we take the issue extremely seriously.

"The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership has introduced a number a measures across the county to reduce the risk of accidents and we are working closely with local communities to understand road safety concerns at a grassroots level.

"But as motorists we all have a responsibility to make sure we are taking appropriate safety measures before we drive and this is particularly important at this time of year.

"Driving conditions can be more hazardous during winter but there are steps that we can all take to prepare for this.

"This event provides practical advice for motorists to help them stay safe on the road during the winter season. These are potentially life-saving tips so I would highly recommend people to attend."

For more information about road safety visit: www.staffssaferroads.co.uk