Firefighters aim to reduce road accidents

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FIREFIGHTERS will be visiting some of the county’s busiest motorway service areas this Saturday.

They will be talking to drivers hoping to raise awareness of road safety issues.

Brian Rudman, who is leading the initiative at Hampshire Fire and Rescue service, explained: ‘Road traffic collisions account for around 25 per cent of all fire service call-outs.

‘We attend far more of these incidents, often involving drivers and passengers trapped inside their vehicle, than we do fires. Nationally there are still an average of five deaths and 65 serious injuries on the UK roads each day, which is simply too high.

‘Consequently road safety sits high on the agenda for us. Dealing with road traffic collisions has become an all too frequent aspect of a firefighter’s role, many accidents could be easily avoided.’

Firefighters will be based both sides of the carriageway in motorway service areas at Fleet, Winchester and Rownhams from 10.30am to 4pm.