‘Young People and Pedestrians’ theme of National Road Safety Week (6-12 May)

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Teresa Furness (Fire & Rescue Service, Administrator, Cumbria)

 

Firefighters will be out and about across Cumbria next week helping drive home the road safety message.

From delivering talks in schools to holding events on Stations and in the Community, Cumbria County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is aiming to use the week to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the county’s roads.

Held in support of the United Nations Global Road Safety Week, the Chief Fire Officers Association has adopted the same time period (6-12 May) for its own National Road Safety Week and the theme of this year’s event is ‘Young People and Pedestrians.’

Statistics show young drivers, particularly those who’ve recently passed their test, are at the biggest risk of death and serious injury on the roads.

More than a quarter of road accidents in Britain involve at least one driver aged 17-24, with a 17-year-old male being seven times more likely to be involved in an accident than any other age group.

At many of the public events taking place around Cumbria, which are being run by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service with support from the Police, people will be able to do the following:

  • Take a Brake reaction test
  • Take a number plate eyesight test
  • Complete a Highway Code quiz
  • Find out more about the Cumbria Road Safety Partnership’s ‘Parents Hold the Keys to Safer Driving’ initiative.
  • Pick up leaflets on road safety
  • Try on a pair of beer goggles to create the sensation of driving while under the influence of excess alcohol.

Cumbria’s Chief Fire Officer, Dominic Harrison, said: “As firefighters we see all too often the devastating consequences of dangerous driving and pedestrians not taking the proper safety precautions.

What’s especially tragic is that most road traffic collisions are avoidable and just slowing down and driving with more care and attention can prevent needless deaths and injuries on our roads.

It’s well documented that young people are particularly at risk of being killed or injured so the message we’re delivering around Cumbria next week is particularly aimed at those under 24.

I’d encourage people across the county to try and pop along to an event in their area and find out more about road safety. It could save your life.”

Firefighters will be at all events.  Fire Service Volunteers and the Police will be at some.  Engagement activities are taking place at the following times and locations:

Carlisle and Eden

Tuesday 7 May

Brampton, outside the Moot Hall (11am-2pm)

Southwaite service station (morning and afternoon)

Wednesday 8 May

Carlisle city centre (10am-5pm)

Booths supermarket, Penrith

Thursday 9 May

Alston, outside Market Cross (11am-2pm)

Truck Stop, Penrith

Friday 10 May

Carlisle Youth Zone (7.30pm-9pm)

Sainsbury’s supermarket, Penrith

Saturday 11 May

Rheged nr Penrith (10am-12pm)

Sunday 12 May

Penrith Sunday Market

Rheged nr Penrith (10am-12pm)

 

South Lakeland

Tuesday 7 May

Sedbergh Primary and Junior School – promoting child and pedestrian safety

Thursday 9 May

Killington Lake motorway service station (1.30pm-3.30pm)

Saturday 11 May

Halfords, Kendal promoting child road safety (10.30am-3.30pm)


Allerdale and Copeland

Monday 6 May

Whitehaven town centre – youth engagement (1.30pm-5pm)

Workington, Halfords (10am-2pm)

Tuesday 7 May

Whitehaven town centre (1.30pm-5pm)

Wednesday 8 May

Drop-in session for young people at Whitehaven Fire Station

Thursday 9 May

Drop-in session for young people at Whitehaven Fire Station

Lakes College, Lillyhall (10am-2.30pm)

Friday 10 May

The Hub, Whitehaven

Drop-in at Whitehaven Fire Station

Saturday 11 May

The Hub, Whitehaven

Drop-in at Whitehaven Fire Station

Sunday 12 May

Whitehaven Harbour

Barrow

Wednesday 8 May

Burlington Primary School, Kirkby-in-Furness (10am-2.30pm)

Thursday 9 May

Outside Barrow Town Hall (10am-2pm

 

**WHERE TIMES ARE NOT LISTED PLEASE CONTACT LOCAL

FIRE STATIONS FOR DETAILS**

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