BACK by popular demand, the county council and Warwickshire Police are bringing their road safety road show to a Rugby supermarket.
The services will be represented at a drop in session at Asda in Rugby to demonstrate fitting of child car safety seats, promote the Bikesafe project and offer advice on a wide range of road safety issues such as the dangers of using mobile phones whilst driving.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, ‘the safest way for children to travel in cars is in a child seat that is suitable for their weight and size. Even in a minor crash, an unrestrained child would be thrown about inside the vehicle, injuring themselves and others’.
To tackle this problem a child car safety seat expert will be on hand at the session offering free seat checks (to visitors parked nearby) and independent advice on the wide range of seats available.
People wanting to report concerns or find out more about Warwickshire road safety initiatives are welcome to pop along for a chat with the road show team.
Free ‘slow down’ wheelie bins stickers which are part of the Road Safety Partnerships Speeding Wastes Lives campaign will be made available to residents/
Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, portfolio holder for community protection said: “These events give us an excellent opportunity to engage with our local communities. Too many people are killed or injured on our roads, yet a lot of these tragedies could have been avoided through improved driver behaviour. By offering a wide range of advice to our communities, our road users can make better informed decisions whilst on the road.”
Warwickshire County Councillor Mike Gittus added: “As a former Road Policing Officer I’m passionate about safe driving. I was pleased to see the use of a mobile phone whilst driving made illegal with a 3 point licence penalty and a £60 fine if caught. Many people don’t realise how dangerous it is to drive whilst on the phone, reaction times are 50 per cent slower which endangers the lives of not just the driver but passengers and other road users as well.”
This is the second year for the road show, last year over 1000 people visited stands around Warwickshire.
The event will take place on Thursday, September 15 from 10am to 3pm at Asda in Rugby.