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Road Safety Awareness Month - February 2017

Road-users urged to 'go the extra mile' to stay safe

 

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Throughout February, Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner is focusing on a month-long campaign to improve road safety in our communities.

The campaign aims to:

  • raise awareness of road-related issues,
  • improve education to help people stay safe on our roads, and
  • sign-post people across County Durham and Darlington to useful information provided by our partner organisations

 

Types of road safety topics

Look out for a variety of issues to be addressed this month, including:

  • Speeding
  • Dangerous or careless driving
  • Anti-social and illegal parking near schools
  • Use of mobile phones whilst driving
  • Drink / drug driving
  • Wearing seat belts
  • Congestion near schools (and sustainable travel)
  • Crossing the road safely (looking out for each other)
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Who is the campaign aimed at?

Ron is encouraging residents of all ages to get involved and share these messages of safety, whether this is during a walk to/from school, or sharing through your own social media sites. Different messages will be relevant to different groups of people, and will broadly cover:

  • Children
  • Older road users
  • Pedestrians
  • At work drivers
  • Cyclists
  • Motorcyclists
  • Young drivers

 

How can I get involved?

Whether or not you drive, or if you have a family to care for or live alone, everyone has a part to play to raise awareness, pass on these messages of safety, and look out for each other. You can get involved throughout February by:Look Out For Each Other logo

  • Sharing Ron's messages, photos and videos (and those of our partners) on:

 

  • Have open discussions about road safety with family and friends, for example to:
    • Educate younger family members, or
    • Challenge dangerous or careless driving and to consider the damaging consequences this can result in

 

  • Actively take the time to think twice about what you can keep yourself and others safer, such as:
    • Stay visible if walking in the dark (remember: 'be safe, be seen')
    • Encourage younger children to talk about how to stay safe when crossing the road
    • If your child participates in one of the many road safety-related activities in school, encourage them to talk about their learning
    • Make sure your vehicle is in a road-worthy condition (e.g. do your lights work, or your tyres meet the legal requirements)
    • Remember to 'buckle-up' and wear your seatbelt
    • Put your mobile phone down when driving, and encourage other drivers to do the same - it's not worth the risk to yourself or others!

 

 
 
 
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