Fire crews will engage with the public across Britain to pass on safety messages as part of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) National Road Safety Day on 6 July.
Fire and Rescue Services across the country will lend their support to convey road safety messages at motorway service stations, car parks and petrol stations. The key theme for the event is: “Only a fool breaks the two-second rule”.
Lee Howell, CFOA president, said: “I am delighted that CFOA is leading on this important road safety initiative.
“Despite the success over the recent years in reducing the number of road traffic collisions there are still an average of five deaths and 65 serious injuries on the UK roads each day.”
At a national level within the Fire and Rescue Service, responsibility for road safety sits within the Prevention, Protection and Road Safety (PPRS) Directorate.
Dave Curry, director of PPRS, said: “25% of all fire and rescue service call outs are to road traffic collisions.
“Everyday our fire crews deal with the traumatic aftermath of appalling road accidents, which are preventable. As a result of this experience and our positive relationship with the public, the fire and rescue service is ideally placed to deliver road safety messages.”
Dave Etheridge, CFOA lead for road safety, added: “We want to encourage all Fire and Rescue Services to get involved in talking to the public on CFOA National Road Safety Day.
“Too many people drive far too close to the car in front and don’t allow enough time to brake safely. A recent Brake and Direct Line survey discovered that 53% of those questioned admit to breaking the two-second rule on motorways. Don’t forget to keep your distance and drive according to the weather conditions.”