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Road safety event for Moorlands motorists

24/02/2015

Road safety
Road safety

Motorists in the Moorlands will be given vital road safety advice as part of a joint initiative next week.

"Staffordshire’s roads are some of the safest in the country and we are determined to not only keep them that way but to further reduce the number of collisions occurring. This joint initiative is just one of many road safety events that we are doing across the county to help us achieve this aim." 

Community Safety Officer Jim Taaffe

The Community Safety Partnership will be carrying out vehicle checks including tyre tread, lights and wipers as well as handing out information leaflets.

The partnership is made up of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council.

The events will take place on the car parks of Morrisons in Cheadle on March 2, Sainsbury’s Biddulph on March 5 and Sainsbury’s Leek on March 9. They will all run from 10am-2pm.

Community Safety Officer Jim Taaffe said: "This is an excellent opportunity for motorists to find out more about road safety and to have some simple checks carried out on their vehicles to ensure their tyres meet the legal requirements as well as lights and window screen wipers.

"Staffordshire’s roads are some of the safest in the country and we are determined to not only keep them that way but to further reduce the number of collisions occurring. This joint initiative is just one of many road safety events that we are doing across the county to help us achieve this aim."

Cllr Mark Deaville, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council, said: "Keeping our roads safe is one of our top priorities and Staffordshire is now in the top two counties in England for road safety. Our roads are also the safest they have been since records began in 1984 which is something we are proud of and have worked hard to achieve.

"This latest campaign will remind drivers of the importance of wearing seat belts, not using a mobile phone when driving and minimising any distractions.  Staff will also be raising awareness of in-car safety, especially when children are travelling in the car, including the correct use of children’s car seats and booster seats."

Councillor Gill Burton, cabinet member for communities at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: “With spring just around the corner this is the ideal time to get your vehicle checked after the winter to help keep you and other road users safe. These checks are free and even experienced drivers may learn something from the advice on offer so I’d encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Sergeant Paul Rushworth of Staffordshire Police said: "Staffordshire Police and their partners in the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership are particularly pro-active in targeting risk taking drivers with educational interventions that aim to change driver attitudes.

"We proactively target motorists who drive irresponsibly by not wearing a seatbelt or using their mobile phones. And through initiatives like BikeSafe we work with motorcyclists on the roadside to discuss safety issues and make sure their bikes are visible, ridden safely and roadworthy. This operation is an excellent opportunity to get across our road safety messages."