‘Let’s all look out for each other every day of the week’

SAFETY FIRST Clyde Evans
SAFETY FIRST Clyde Evans

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WE should all be looking out for one another, whether it be Road Safety Week or not.

Last week fire stations across Hampshire went out into their communities to reinforce our key campaigns.

Crews were passing on road safety messages with the aim of reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

In 2011, there were an incredible 5,794 road traffic collisions involving casualties in Hampshire.

The number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads far outweighs those who are affected by fire and this just reinforces the important message of safety on our roads.

Many of these incidents could have been avoided had the driver not been distracted and taken their eyes off the road.

Last week, we used National Road Safety Week to promote key messages and launch our on going efforts to create safer roads.

I also want to take this opportunity to promote awareness of drink-driving and the fire service’s Take Time Out initiative.

The campaign visits schools and colleges, using the ‘Let’s look out for each other’ theme.

We are also working with Princes Trust participants to incorporate the ‘Don’t let distraction lead to destruction’ message into their programme.

These campaigns are so relevant and tackle themes everyone can embrace in all aspects of their lives.

Everyone, whether they are a driver or pedestrian, can do their bit by looking out for each other.

For more information on the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s campaigns go to hantsfire.gov.uk/yoursafety.