On day five of Road Safety Week 2019, we profile more initiatives and events taking place across the UK.
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.
‘Shout out and step up for seven days of road safety’
South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) is asking communities to share as many messages as possible through its ‘seven-day step up’ campaign.
Every day this week, SYSRP is sharing tips and advice on a different theme, using the #StepUp hashtag.
The partnership hopes that through social media and word of mouth, all road users in the region can come together to ‘step up’ for safer streets.
Joanne Wehrle, manager of SYSRP, said: “Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road and each of these tragedies is preventable.
“This year’s road safety week is all about encouraging people to share our roads safely and responsibly, no matter what form of transport you are using.
“So whether you’re a pedal cyclist, driver, motorcycle rider or pedestrian, we are asking everyone to come together and step up for safe streets.
“After all, road safety is everyone’s responsibility.”
New JRSOs welcomed in St Helens
St Helens Council’s road safety team welcomed 24 primary schools to St Helens Town Hall on 20 November, to take part in the annual Junior Road Safety Officers’ (JRSOs) welcome event.
The welcome event provides information to equip Year 5 and 6 pupils to carry out assemblies, competitions and other activities to promote road safety in and around their schools and communities.
Melanie Burrows, road safety team leader, St Helens Council, said: “This week would not be as successful without the dedication of our JRSOs and the support of staff from their schools.
“The JRSOs are always eager to promote road safety within their individual schools and local communities.”
24-hour operation in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Police’s Road Safety Week activities will today culminate in a 24-hour multi-agency operation, starting at 6am.
The operation includes enforcement activity targeting offences such as speeding, the use of mobile phones behind the wheel, driving under the influence of drink or drugs and failure to wear a seatbelt.
Officers will also be educating road users on tyre and bike safety as well as attending schools and colleges to provide advice on how to stay safe.
Supt James Sutherland, who is leading the operation, said: “We can all play a part in making our roads safer and within 24 hours, we want to take as many dangerous vehicles and drivers off the road as possible.
“We will be carrying out a whole range of activity from catching speeding drivers to educating cyclists.”