Brake and ACPO have issued a joint call for police forces to actively support Road Safety Week 2013 (18-24 November).
Road Safety Week, now in its 17th year, is co-ordinated annually by Brake and schools, communities and other organisations across the country take part. This main theme this year, ‘tune in to road safety’, encourages road users to avoid distractions.
Brake says that “scores of police forces” use Road Safety Week as an opportunity to run “heightened traffic enforcement”. Many also team up with local partners to run community workshops, roadshows and demonstrations to promote road safety awareness.
During Road Safety Week 2012, Greater Manchester Police ran speed watch sessions and ‘child court sessions’ at primary schools. Northamptonshire Police carried out speed checks at 98 schools and delivered road safety talks at 40 schools and colleges. And Durham Police ran a community speed watch with children from a local primary school.
Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, ACPO lead for roads policing, said: “While most road users are careful, considerate and law abiding, a minority are not.
“Too many collisions are caused by those who are distracted at the wheel, use excessive speed, drink or drug drive, or drive without a seatbelt.
“Enforcement and awareness schemes are being carried out by police and partners across the country and Road Safety Week is an ideal opportunity to engage with drivers and educate them on the dangers they face, alongside apprehending those who flout traffic laws.”