Road Safety

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 2016 there were six people killed and 147 people seriously injured on roads across Cleveland. In addition there were 148 child casualties including one fatality and 917 slight injuries.

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

 

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In collaboration with partners in the region, the ‘Look Out for Each Other’ campaign will aim to highlight the greatest risks on the roads and those road-users who are most vulnerable. It aims to educate and inform people and ultimately encourage them to be more considerate on the roads and, whether they are a driver, pedestrian, motorcyclist or pedal cyclist, to take care on the roads and look out for each other, especially at times of higher risk.

This month we are focusing on driving while distracted.

New legislation came into force on 1 March 2017 that will see people issued with six penalty points and £200 fines for using mobile phones whilst driving.

Road Safety GB North East launched its ‘Stay Focused on the Road’ campaign and Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit stepped up police patrols to coincide with the new Government rules designed to crackdown on mobile phone use at the wheel.

The tougher sanctions are being brought in amid mounting concern about the increase in the number of people using mobile phones at the wheel and the lack of prosecutions and convictions of offenders.

The Department for Transport is hoping that the new sanctions will act as a strong deterrent to drivers.

Not only will those caught get a £200 on-the-spot fine, but if they are caught twice and accrue 12 points they will automatically appear in court and face a fine of £1,000 and a driving ban of at least six months.

However, new drivers will be hardest hit – they face having their licences revoked after the first offence, and to regain their licence must reapply for a provisional licence and may only drive as a learner until they pass further theory and practical tests.

Why not keep a look out on Road Safety GB’s Twitter and Facebook for more information, tips & updates.

Paul Watson and Andrew Bright

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