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Road Safety Week Blog

A collection of views from around the UK on the topics of Step up for Safe Streets and Road Safety Week. These blogs are aimed to inform and inspire people to take action and raise awareness during 2019 and beyond. Contributions are from Brake staff, volunteers, partners, researchers and campaigners, where views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily represent those of Brake or its employees.

Get your local fire service involved in RSW

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Sean Bone-Knell, the National Fire Chiefs Lead Officer for Road Safety, talks about what the fire service will be doing as part of Road Safety Week 2019.

If ever there was a time to step up and take part in the Brake's national Road Safety Week it’s this year when you see this statistic;
Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road and each of these tragedies is preventable.

It’s staggering to think that while I sit and type out this blog at least two people will be killed or seriously injured on our roads. So what can we all do and what are your Fire and Rescue Service doing to tackle this and take part in this year’s RSW?

This RSW (18-24 November) Brake want everyone to “Step up for Safe Streets” and learn about, shout about and celebrate the amazing design-led solutions that will allow us all to get around in safe and healthy ways, every day.

The Fire and Rescue Service, through my role as the National Fire Chiefs Lead Officer for Road Safety, will be taking part in events and activities across the country as part of our place in local road safety partnerships. We always look to take part in multi-agency activities linked to the National Police Chiefs Council calendar of events. This year across the country there will be many local initiatives ranging from;

  • Car Washes with road safety advice
  • Tyre safety checks
  • Schools road safety talks
  • Visits to groups to talk about safe streets
  • Targeted work with young drivers
  • Workshops and events for older drivers

If you would like your local Fire and Rescue Service to help you or support a local road safety initiative in RSW 2019 then please just contact them through their local website and ask for the Prevention Team leading on road safety. Where we can, we will always look to assist local partners.

Your Fire and Rescue Service exists to respond, prevent and protect the public from a range of emergency situations and we would always prefer to be involved with you during road safety week and help to make you safer when driving or as a passenger on our streets, than meeting you at the scene of a road traffic collision.

If you need any support from me for national initiatives then please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise I look forward to either seeing you during this week or hearing about all the fantastic work going on across the country to ‘Step up for Safe Streets’ in November.

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Guest - Eric Roberts on Friday, 13 September 2019 08:17

Hi as an ex-fireman then I think this is a good idea! Most fire stations are now community fire stations and would be perfect as learning centres to teach road safety to children and other groups. These guys are extremely safety conscious and in my opinion perfect for this kind of work! Many thanks Eric Roberts http://www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/

Hi as an ex-fireman then I think this is a good idea! Most fire stations are now community fire stations and would be perfect as learning centres to teach road safety to children and other groups. These guys are extremely safety conscious and in my opinion perfect for this kind of work! Many thanks Eric Roberts www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/
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