During Road Safety Week 2019, local authorities and police forces across the UK placed extra emphasis on improving the safety of all road users.
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Organised annually by the road safety charity Brake, Road Safety Week provides an opportunity for communities to take action on road safety – and a focal point for professionals to boost road safety awareness and engagement.
Road Safety Week 2019, which takes place between 18-24 November, encourages road users to ‘Step up for Safe Streets’ and play a part in the creation of a safe and healthy future.
A busy programme in Essex
A comprehensive, week-long, programme of events in Essex continues today, with a ‘Surround a Town’ day taking place in Chelmsford.
Surround a Town sees the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) focus resources in a concentrated and geographically targeted area, often where there are high rates of collisions and casualties.
The initiative uses a combination of enforcement and engagement to highlight the importance of safe and legal driving.
As part of the Surround a Town, a Community Speedwatch session is taking place at the Bishop’s School.
Elsewhere, activities are taking place at infant and primary schools across Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock – covering Bikeability training and pedestrian training in the form of parent and child walks.
Met Police support in Hammersmith
Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s transportation and road safety team is supporting Road Safety Week, with additional activities scheduled throughout the week.
Among these is Exchanging Places – facilitated by the Met Police Cycle Safety Team – which enables cyclists to see for themselves the blind spots from a HGV driver’s perspective.
Other activities include:
- Traffic speed monitoring and enforcement of 20mph areas through Community Roadwatch (in association with Transport for London).
- Close pass: cyclist and traffic safety (also known as ‘Space For Cyclists’).
- Advising motorists to be especially mindful of pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists, particularly as seasonal weather and morning and evening hours of darkness are encroaching.
This work supplements the ongoing road safety programme operating throughout the borough by the road safety team, covering the road network. Practical road safety training workshops are carried out in schools, nurseries and children’s centres.
Poster competition in Wolverhampton
With the backing of Wolverhampton City Council, a local firm of solicitors is holding a competition for students at the Royal Wolverhampton School – to design the best poster that highlights key road safety messages.
With prospective parliamentary candidates Pat McFadden and Eleanor Smith as judges, the winners will be revealed by FBC Manby Bowdler in a special assembly on 29 November.
Susan Todhunter, a partner at FBC Manby Bowdler, said: “As specialist personal injury lawyers, we know first-hand the devastating and long-term effects of road traffic collisions for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists.
“Awareness campaigns like this are vital to encourage all road users to take more care and to show more consideration for other road users in order to prevent accidents and serious injuries occurring.
“We hope that by spreading the message about safer road use in a fun way it will encourage children, in particular, to take extra care and share the lessons they learn with family and friends.”