Safety Week backed by fire crews in Burnham-On-Sea
Safety Week (8-14 June) is being marked by fire crews in the Burnham-on-Sea
area and across the UK by raising awareness of the dangers to
young drivers of driving and being distracted.
an attempt to reduce the numbers of young people killed on roads
in the area, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is backing
road safety week this week.
campaign, coordinated by the fire service and Chief Fire Officers
Association, aims to work with the community to make people more
aware of road safety.
targeted at schools, colleges and youth clubs across the county
will focus on the dangers of driver distractions.
fatal road accidents are attributed to drivers being distracted
or using mobile phones and you are four times more likely to crash
if you use one while driving. For this reason we ask people to
simply not do it," said a spokesman.
drinking and smoking can also cause a distraction when behind
the wheel and on top of this, passengers are actually the biggest
distraction for drivers."
collision risk increases with each additional passenger a young
driver carries as a new driver is five times more likely to crash
if they have two or more passengers in the car."
Pratt, Watch Manager for the Road Safety Partnership, added: "It
is often the role of firefighters to release seriously injured
people from vehicles after road collisions: this task is made
even more distressing when the injured people are young. In fact
road collisions are the biggest cause of death for young adults
aged between 15 and 19. This is why we are keen to raise awareness
of the dangers to these young adults and help save lives."
you know youre four times more likely to crash if you use
a mobile phone whilst driving and your reaction times will be
50% slower whilst talking on a phone? Statistically, more girls
die as passengers than as drivers, so its important for
female passengers to speak up if the driver is not driving safely:
they might only be speeding to try and impress."