Emergency services and local authority activities 2012
Here are a few of the ways emergency services and local authorities got involved in Road Safety Week 2012.
Greater Manchester Police held ‘child court sessions’ at primary schools throughout the week, with officers and community support teams running road safety sessions with the children, including speedwatches(pictured, right). They also held a cyclist safety initiative outside Manchester Town Hall, in partnership with Stobarts and Manchester Fire and Rescue, demonstrating a rescue from a staged crash and giving safety advice on blindspots.
Cleveland Fire Brigade once again used Road Safety Week as a focal point for an 'impact education' programme with six local further education and sixth form colleges. With the help of Cleveland Road Policing Officers and North East Ambulance paramedics, and support from the Local Authority Road Safety Partnership, they delivered 25 hard-hitting 'Learn and Live' road safety sessions to a total of 2,383 students, aged 17-24. The sessions, which include graphic images and video and speakers telling their real life stories of how they have been affected by road crashes, receieved extremely positive feedback from staff and students. The 'Learn and Live' programme began in 2005 and has now reached well over 60,000 young people in the Cleveland area.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service teamed up with Center Levin & Berg solicitors to visit Litherland High School in Sefton (see photo, right) and deliver interactive road safety sessions with their year 7 students. The students were also given the opportunity to see a live crash extrication, demonstrating the aftermath of a road crash.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service worked with local partners to hold two road safety roadshows for students at Keighley College and another for the general public and local employers at Victoria Theatre in Halifax. The roadshows featured videos, presentations and first-hand accounts about the reality of road crashes from emergency services, health professionals, family liaison officers, bereaved families and injured victims. They also ran a road safety poster competition with Wakefield Brownies.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Safety Team joined forces with local councils and North Wales Police to run public events across the region, providing advice on winter driving and in-car safety as well as safety advice for pedestrians and cyclists. These sessions also included stands at supermarkets in Caernarfon and Queenstree and a family centre in Rhyl, run by fire service staff.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service hosted public information and driving safety advice sessions at multiple venues across the county throughout the week, including supermarkets, shopping areas and Warrington General Hospital. They also provided online road safety tips for young drivers on topics including speed, mobile phone use, drink and drugs, seatbelt use and driving on ‘red route’ roads.
Northamptonshire Police worked closely with partner agencies to run enforcement operations, including speed checks (see photo, right) and parking patrols, and visit schools to talk about road safety. During the week parking patrols were conducted at 98 schools, 40 talks about road safety were given at schools and colleges, and leaflets and advice were given across to members of the public across the county.
Wigan Council spread road safety messages throughout the week, with road safety officers giving presentations at Woodfield School in Atherton, as well as Lowton High and at Wigan and Leigh College where they discussed the dangers of drug driving with students. They also promoted the launch of their Christmas drink drive message, inviting people to a public demonstration and crash extrication in Wigan town centre in December.
Durham Police ran a community speed watch in Chester-le-Street with children from Red Rose Primary School, local residents and Brake representatives to help launch Road Safety Week in the north east.
Thanks to all emergency services and local authorities that took part in Road Safety Week 2012.