Warning to young drivers during road safety week

Warwickshire Fire Service
Warwickshire Fire Service

The county’s fire service is warning young drivers to take care on the roads as part of this year’s Road Safety Week.

The Chief Fire Officers Association’s Road Safety Week runs until Friday. During the week Fire and Rescue Services across the UK are coming together to raise awareness of the dangers to young drivers of driving while distracted.

Warwickshire County Councillor John Horner, portfolio holder for community safety said: “It is often the role of firefighters to release seriously injured people from vehicles after road collisions.

“Road collisions are the biggest cause of death for young adults aged between 15 and 19. This is why Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are keen to raise awareness of the dangers to this group and help save lives.”

Distracted driving activities include things like using a mobile phone, texting, and eating. Using in-vehicle technologies such as sat navs can also be sources of distraction.

Passengers are also a big source of distraction so the campaign will also be targeting messages about this too.

Warwickshire County Councillor Philip Johnson, chair of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee, added: “Driving is a risky activity, so it requires full attention at all times. Drivers who are distracted significantly increase their risk of causing a devastating crash.”

Warwickshire fire and rescue is holding a Fatal Four presentation on Thursday with three sessions being given to around 100 sixth form students at Rugby College.

These presentations are a great way of engaging with the public in showing the dangers of driving and being distracted.

For further information please see the website: http://www.cfoa.org.uk/19722