Throughout the last two weeks of October, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will be campaigning to raise awareness of occupational road risk. Put simply this is the risk undertaken when using the roads for work.
It is estimated that between one quarter and one third of road casualties occur in road traffic collisions involving someone who was driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work purposes.
As part of West Sussex County Council, the fire service is running an internal campaign this year to increase the awareness and knowledge of good road safety practices among county and local council colleagues.
From the 16th-31st October crews will be visiting council teams across West Sussex to discuss a wide range of safety topics including distracted driving, speeding, tiredness, and good vehicle maintenance.
Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Watts, explains; “Our road network is used by thousands of people a day for work-related purposes; whether that be commuting, driving to a meeting, or travelling between offices.
“Our aim is to raise awareness of the importance of driving safely for work with council employees and ensure they have the knowledge to keep themselves and other road users as safe as possible. It is our intention to extend this campaign externally in the future.”
For more information on managing occupational road risk, please visit: www.orsa.org.uk.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.