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National Road Safety Day Events

02/07/2012

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Safer Roads Partnerships are holding a number of road safety events across the county to raise awareness on July 6 for the Chief Fire Officer’s Association (CFOA) National Road Safety Day.

“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."

Head of Risk Reduction,Glynn Luznyj.

One event at St Thomas More Catholic College in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent will involve firefighters delivering a road safety presentation to sixth form students. Some of the students will then attend Longton Fire Station to watch a live road traffic collision demonstration.

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Safer Roads Partnerships will also be at the following locations talking to drivers about road safety:
M6 Toll Services, Norton Canes: 11am – 3pm
Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent: 12noon – 2pm
Dobbies Garden Centre, Gailey: 12noon – 4pm
A38 near Burton: Various times throughout the day.

Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Glynn Luznyj said: “We are frequently called to car crashes on Staffordshire’s roads and a lot of the collisions could have been prevented had the drivers been paying more attention to the road and their surroundings.

“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. The theme for this National Road Safety Day is the danger of vehicles driving too closely to each other and our strapline is: ‘only a fool breaks the two second rule.’

“Our message to motorists is that if you have time please take a few minutes out of your journey to talk to the safety advisors. 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.”

Cllr Mike Maryon, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, added: “Keeping our roads as safe as possible for motorists, motor cyclists, cyclists and of course pedestrians continues to be a key priority for the council.

“The National Road Safety Day is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to find out for free how they can make their every day journeys as safe as possible.”

Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: “Thousands of people use our city’s roads everyday so making sure that they are safe is of paramount importance.

“By raising awareness of road safety through these events we can target all areas and communities within our city and help to ensure they are safe when travelling in and around Stoke-on-Trent.”

For more information about road safety visit the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Safer Roads Partnership website: www.staffssaferroads.co.uk.