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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)

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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