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 2015 there were six people killed and 199 people seriously injured on roads across Cleveland. In addition there were 30 child casualties and 1133 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
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 under the influence of drink and/or drugs.
You can read Rachel’s story here
- If you’re going to have a drink over the festive period, leave the car at home.
- Plan in advance how you’re going to get home. Make sure there is a designated driver or book a taxi.
- Don’t accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol.
- Don’t offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive.
- Beware the morning after: You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it’s the ‘morning after’. Sleep, coffee and cold showers don’t help to sober you up – time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system.
- 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