The United Kingdom might now have the safest roads in the European Union, but the number of people dying or being injured on our roads is still too high.
In 2014 there were seven people killed and 139 people seriously injured on roads across Cleveland.
Road traffic collisions are preventable, as many of them are caused by people driving:
- too fast or overtaking dangerously
- whilst using a mobile
- under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- whilst tired
- without using a seatbelt
Winter Driving Safety
Throughout November we will be helping you stay safe on the roads this Winter.
Cleveland fire stations are holding free and quick multi-point vehicle checks to help motorists be safe.
The two-minute drive-thru includes tyres, lights, wipers, screen wash top ups and a free ice-scraper with road safety reminders.
Winter checks are taking place on:
Thursday 26 November : Thornaby fire station ((10am to 5pm).
Saturday 28 November: Coulby Newham fire station (10am to 4pm)
You can also view and download safety information below:
Tyre Safety is important all year round, please read the information below:
- An video to help you check your tyre pressure
- Tyre safety information for all vehicles including cars, caravans and motorbikes
- Winter tyre safety information
Drink Driving – Stay safe and legal this Christmas!
Our message is Stay Safe and Legal this Christmas, think about the consequences and don’t take the risk of driving under the influence or traveling in a vehicle with a driver who has consumed alcohol.
Beware the morning after – You could be over the legal limit many hours after you last drink, even if it’s the ‘morning after’. Sleep, coffee and cold showers don’t help to sober up – time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system.
If your planning to drink alcohol, plan to get home without driving – Options include agreeing on a designated driver, saving a taxi number to your phone, or finding out about public transport routes and times before you go out.
Don’t offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive – Even if you’re not driving, you can help reduce the number of people who are killed and injured every year by drink driving.
Don’t accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol.
Drug Driving – Keeping the roads safe this Christmas!
In March this year new legislation allowed police to use a ‘Drugwipe’ kit to take a mouth swab and test any driver they suspect to be impaired through the use of cocaine and cannabis. If the sample gives a positive reading they can be arrested there and then, with a further reading then taken at an independent laboratory.
Since the introduction of the new legislation officers across Cleveland and Durham have arrested 136 drivers after they gave a positive reading.
“This is the first Christmas campaign since the introduction of the new drug testing equipment, and the figures suggest it is a serious problem,” said Chief Insp Mick ROBSON, from the joint Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU).
“Drugs can stay in your system a long time and if you are caught, the consequences can be huge.”
The new law sets limits at very low levels for a total of 14 substances, including some prescription drugs. However, the limits set for medicines exceed the normal prescribed doses.
Motorists convicted of drug-driving will be banned for at least a year and can be fined up to £5,000 and be sent to prison. The penalty for causing death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs is up to 14 years in jail.
Thanks to the change in the law, police do not have to prove a motorist is unfit to drive, only that they have an illegal level of drugs in their system while driving.
“If you have consumed any substance which affects your ability to drive you are putting yourself, any passengers and other road-users at a massively increased risk.
“Throughout the month the CDSOU will be staging regular roadside checkpoints and will arrest anyone found to be unfit to drive. Testing is also routinely done following any collision, even if no-one has been hurt.
“As we head into the festive season we want people to enjoy themselves but to stay safe. And that means if you are heading out onto the roads, don’t be tempted to have anything which will affect your ability to handle a vehicle,” said Chief Insp Robson.
Across both force areas across the three years from 1st January 2012 to 31st December last year, there were 21 fatalities, 69 people seriously injured and 422 slightly injured as a result of road traffic collisions involving a drink or drug impaired driver.
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger said; “Driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is absolutely unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. A few moments behind the wheel whilst intoxicated can result in someone being seriously injured or even killed and I support the educational and enforcement activity which is carried out during this campaign to try and save lives on our roads.”
Backing the campaign Ron Hogg, PCC for Durham said; “Driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs puts lives in danger, not only the driver’s, but those of other road users and pedestrians. Be responsible and always make alternative plans to get home safely.”
- Find out about our Learn & Live presentation.
- Cleveland Police have set also up a Community Speedwatch initiative. Find out more and become involved.
- View the Brake (road safety charity) website
View the Governments’ THINK! road safety campaign website