Release date: 16 May 2017
Following a successful week of safety campaigning, firefighters are urging all West Sussex residents to remember that keeping our roads safe is everyone’s responsibility each and every day.
Last week, teams from across West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service got behind all things road safety by organising events and awareness activities in aid of UN Global Road Safety Week and My Red Thumb Day.
Throughout the week, operational crews and fire service support staff campaigned for better road safety, focussing on reducing the number of drivers who use their phone at the wheel and who drive at excessive speed.
Crews from Littlehampton, Bognor, Horsham and East Grinstead were out and about in their communities raising awareness of the importance of good road safety.
While teams from across the service, as well as colleagues from WSCC, showed their support for putting phones away while driving by posting pictures and photos for My Red Thumb Day.
Gavin Watts, WSFRS Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer and NFCC Road Safety Group Vice Chair, said: “I’m very proud of our service’s commitment to campaigning for better road safety across West Sussex. We do a huge amount of work to make our county’s roads safer and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to highlight this during these initiatives.
“The important message to share now is that this work doesn’t end here. Speeding and distracted driving will continue to cause accidents and collisions as long as drivers ignore the laws put in place to protect people. It’s every road user’s responsibility to ensure our whole road network is safe for everyone to use, now and in the future.”
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.