‘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

 

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Big Society Celebrated – Andrew Stunell MP Lays First Brick On Affordable Housing Project

Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Communities and Local Government with responsibilities for Housing and the Big Society laid the first brick in the Lyvennet Community Trust's affordable housing project.

Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Communities and Local Government with responsibilities for Housing and the Big Society laid the first brick in the Lyvennet Community Trust's affordable housing project.

Tuesday 19th July – Crosby Ravensworth enjoyed a ministerial visit from Andrew Stunell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Communities and Local Government with responsibilities for Housing and the Big Society. The rain held off as this personable gentleman laid the first brick in the Lyvennet Community Trust‘s affordable housing project. He spoke at length with members of the community about the project and was clearly impressed by the dedication, determination and drive demonstrated by Mr. David Graham, Chair of the LCT and the others members of the trust involved in having achieved so much.

David discussed the plans with the MP and Mr. Gordon Nicholson before the commemorative brick was laid.

David discussed the plans with the MP and Mr. Gordon Nicholson before the commemorative brick was laid.

There was a nice crowd and friendly atmosphere at the ceremonial brick-laying

After celebratory applause and photography Andrew walked with the crowd up to The Butcher’s Arms community pub. Here he was met in the doorway by a lad with a spade who’d paused to take a breather – the volunteers had been hard at it. Andrew inspected progress and was full of praise for the hardworking volunteers’ efforts, he then delivered a very encouraging speech in the soon-to-be completed bar area. In the course of his speech he remarked upon the exemplary nature of the project, the importance of maintaining the pub as the heart of the community and as service hub and the delightful scenery which he felt sure would be powerfully attractive to visiting patrons, of which, he declared, he expected to be one!

Jan Schindler’s List: Benefits Of Fibre To The Home

“Could Cumbria count fibre-optic internet connections as remedial action against CO2 emissions? Perhaps we should be able to, because fast broadband could save up to 4,600 km equivalent of CO2 emissions per household, per year! These figures from Jan Schindler’s presentation The Socio-economic impact of fibre to the home given at the 36th European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication, held in Turin, Italy, on September 19 – 23, 2010. If we extrapolate from these figures we can start to see the aggregated potential, for example, in the Big Society Eden Vanguard Pilot area a proposed broadband pilot scheme of about 1000 homes could save the equivalent of up to about 460,000 km of CO2 emissions per year. I don’t know how Jan worked out the figure, but if we said hypothetically that the average CO2 emissions rating in the UK is 162 g/km (Source: http://www.carpages.co.uk/co2/) then that would be a possible saving of up to 74,520 kgs of CO2 per year from the Big Society Eden broadband pilot project.

Some of the best landscapes in England are threatened with ruination at the moment by subsidised wind farm projects that won’t save very much CO2 because of the need for back-up power generation from conventional power stations due to intermittency of the wind. Sometimes it blows near a turbine, sometimes it doesn’t – all the time there needs to be a stable provision for households and businesses. During recent cold winters wind energy apparently contributed pitifully little energy, click here for coverage.

For more on this please see Dr. Mike Hall’s video presentation part 2 on the subject of the dubious claims of CO2 savings from wind.  Please click here to read more about the issue in Eden from Rory Stewart, our MP for Penrith and The Border. I’m grateful for his defense of our landscape!

I believe that subsidy of fibre-optic internet connection to homes and premises instead of to wind turbines (where local people don’t want them) would be a far better use of public money as it would have multiple and varied benefits in addition to reducing  CO2 emisions. What else does a Wind turbine do? It has but one role.

Here is some encouraging information about the role of broadband from the 36th European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication, held in Turin, Italy, on September 19 – 23, 2010

www.ecoc2010.org/contents/attached/c20/WS_7_Schindler.pdf

http://www.ecoc2010.org/

• “Usage of FTTH services has positive impact on environment
-Less commuting and therefore less traffic
-Less business travel
-Less long distance transport of patients
• Key results ofPricewaterhouseCoopers/Ecobilan STUDY 2009:
-The environmental impact of the deployment of a typical FTTH network  will be positive within less than 15 years in average
-Intelligent deployment (e.g. using sewers and existing ducts) can even improve the positive impact of FTTH-Using FTTH and FTTH services can save up to CO2 equivalent of driving a car for 4,600 km per year –for every household!

• FTTH has a positive impact on the environment: 1 million users connected -at least 1 million tons of CO2 saved
• FTTH is a key sustainable utility driver to low carbon economic development.
• FTTHcan help nations, regions, municipalities, operators to meet their carbon reduction objective.”

Kevan Taylor’s Winter Driving Advice

 

Winter Driving In Cumbria

By Kevan Taylor, Driving Instructor

 

Kevan Taylor of Eden Valley's KT Driving School

Kevan Taylor of Eden Valley's KT Driving School

Here are some useful winter driving tips :- Make sure all your fluids are topped up & the correct ratio of anti-freeze to water is maintained in both coolant and screen wash reservoirs. Check tyres are in good order with the correct tread depth with a minimum of  1.6 mm of tread & correct pressure in tyres for maximum grip in slippery conditions. Always clear all windows for good visibilty before starting your journey, check all lights are working & cleaned regulary. Always keep a shovel, torch, coat & change of footwear such as boots or wellingtons. If taking a long journey stock up with food & drink as well. Allow more time for your journey, then you will not be under pressure to drive faster than is safe.

When driving in slippery conditions always try to drive smoothly & slower than normal as sudden movements could cause you to loose control. Try to do your braking on the straights, never brake when cornering . Increase your distance between you and the car infront, driving in a lower gear when going down hill as this will help with engine braking allowing you to brake less. When starting off from a standing  start, try and use a higher gear than normal, usually 2nd, this feeds in the power more gently meaning less wheel spin. Plan your journey, choose roads that you know will be gritted if possible or have gentle slopes rather than steep ones.

Kevan Taylor, certified instructor with KT Driving www.ktdriving.com instructs beginners and certified learners and can be contacted at 017683 62082. If you are already certified, but are interested in increasing your confidence or further refining your driving skills please feel free to contact Kevan about Pass Plus courses. Thank you.