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Pedestrian seminar fully subscribed

Friday 26th April 2013

A ‘Pedestrian Safety Seminar’ jointly organised by TRL and Road Safety GB, which will be held during the Second UN Global Road Safety Week (6–12 May), is now fully subscribed.

This not-for-profit training opportunity for road safety practitioners will raise awareness of the dangers faced by pedestrians. During 2011, pedestrian deaths in the UK increased by 12% compared with 2010. The seminar will be held on 8 May at TRL’s headquarters at Wokingham in Berkshire.

Darren Divall, principal consultant at TRL, said: “We are delighted that the Pedestrian Safety Seminar is now fully booked.

“The event, organised jointly by TRL and the Road Safety GB Academy, is being held in support of the United Nations Global Road Safety Week.

“We have compiled a list of high-quality speakers who will provide evidence-based solutions that, when applied, can achieve significant safety benefits to pedestrians in the UK.

“This is the first continued professional development event that TRL has organised in collaboration with the newly formed Road Safety GB Academy. We hope that we can join forces in the future to continue to meet the needs of road safety practitioners in the UK.”

Contact Sarah Bailey at TRL on 01344 770141 for more information.

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Terrible increase in pedestrian deaths. This may be linked to other road behaviour issues. Parents and adults in general set very bad examples when crossing roads. Young drivers, as exemplified on recent TV progs "licence to kill" and "barely legal drivers" clearly have a very bad attitude towards the responsibility needed to drive safely and this starts well before reaching driving age of 16/17. As ever, education is the answer and use of sessions using shock tactics, as shown on "licence to kill ", currently run somewhere in Surrey must be used much more widely, though age related for younger ones. As an experienced Driving Instructor, we can only do our best when it comes to influencing attitude and of course this cannot be tested in any meaningful way. In my view "Road Craft" must be introduced into schools as early as 5 years old so allowing children to grow into knowing about the Highway Code and preparing them for cycling, motor Scooters and ultimately driving a car.
Alan Shirley, Kingston upon Thames

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