Safer driving makes for safer roads


Release date: 8 May 2017

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is campaigning for safer roads across the county during Global Road Safety Week and My Red Thumb Day.

This year GRSW, which is organised by the United Nations, will focus on speeding and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries.

During the week, on Thursday 11th May, WSFRS will also be supporting My Red Thumb Day which aims to encourage people to stop using their mobile phones while driving.

WSFRS crews will be out and about in their own communities all week to ask people to make the #SlowDown pledge, while raising awareness of the dangers of speeding and using electronic devices at the wheel.

• Littlehampton crews will be at Rustington Halfords on Thursday 11th May.

• Bognor crews will be out in the town centre on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th May.

• East Grinstead crews will be visiting East Grinstead Tyres, Woodcock Hill Car Wash, Halfords and London Road/High Street throughout the week.

• And, Horsham crews will be out at local supermarkets during the week.

Since 2008, 5,430 people have been injured or killed on West Sussex roads in collisions where speeding was a factor. While, distracted driving is an increasing problem on Sussex roads with mobile phones now used to make calls, send messages, play music and check road conditions. Temptations to use devices while at the wheel are endless.

Gavin McCourty, WSFRS Road Safety Co-ordinator, adds: “There are many dangers on our roads, but limiting speed and maintaining constant concentration are two factors that are well within every driver’s control. If every driver watches their speed and never takes their eyes off the road – even for a second, our county’s roads will become safer for everyone.”

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.

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