Students from a local training centre will be getting up to speed with road safety issues next week as part of the UK Road Safety Week (9-15 June) in a bid to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.
Figures for Cleveland show that in 2013 131 people were seriously injured as a result of road traffic collisions with 12 fatalities. Nationally young and inexperienced drivers still continue to be over represented in the casualty figures and fall in a high risk category.
Cleveland Fire Brigade is backing the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) national campaign which this year is targeting four main groups, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and young drivers with the overarching message being: ‘Be Safe Out There’.
Firefighters carrying out an extrication display will be joined by partners including Cleveland & Durham Police Specialist Operations Unit and Local Authority Road Safety Team at the launch event which will be held at TTE (South Bank, Middlesbrough Road East, TS6 6TZ) on Monday 9 June between 11.00am and 13.00pm. The training centre’s students, who have all recently attended the brigade’s hard hitting Learn & Live road safety presentations, will have the opportunity to take part in a crash scene rescue scenario and have the opportunity to test their speed reactions with equipment brought along by the partners.
Throughout the rest of the week there are a number of events Brigade staff will be attending to promote the week’s safety messages which include:
- Tuesday 10 June (5.00pm – 9.00pm) Pit Stop Café , Bowsfield Lane, Stockton. Bottled water will be handed out as well as safety messages including ‘Stay safe – hydrate’ to motorcyclists. Motor cyclist will also have the opportunity to view the educational short film, ‘Mike’s Last Ride’ in the brigades mobile theatre.
- Tuesday 10 June (5.00pm onwards) Kirkleatham Hall Boundary 500 cycle club gathering – local fire fighters will be dropping in to promote the ‘Stay Safe – Hydrate’ message where bottled water and safety messages will be given out.
- Wednesday 11 June . ‘Brake’ the National Road Safety Charity is promoting a national ‘Giant Walking Bus’ event involving junior school children across the country.
- Wednesday 11 June (8.00pm onwards) Teesside Park .Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Community Education Vehicle will be attending and Brigade and Police staff will be engaging with young drivers promoting the ‘Be Safe out There’ campaign message.
Andrew Bright of Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “The Brigade attends dozens of road traffic incidents every year and our officers witness the trauma first-hand that casualties go through.
“During this CFOA UK Road Safety Week we are focusing on four main groups with a key message for each which are:
- Cyclists – Be seen, be safe – Get yourself noticed with a hi-vis vest and helmet
- Motorcyclists – Be safe, hydrate – Dehydration is a danger. It affects your concentration and reaction time
- Pedestrians – Look out, listen up – Be aware when you are out there
- Young drivers – Dangerous distractions – Be smart and keep your eye on the road
“Campaigns like this provide an opportunity to reach out to local people and remind them that they can stay safe if they follow some basic rules.”
Steve Grant, Managing Director of TTE, said: “Safety is at the heart of everything we do at TTE to prepare our young people for careers working in industrial environments, but also an understanding of the importance of safety in other elements of their lives. Many of our young people reach driving age and get behind the wheel for the first time while training at TTE so this event is an excellent opportunity to reinforce all aspects of road safety and we are delighted to work alongside Cleveland Fire Brigade to support their campaign.”