Portsmouth roadshow aims to make roads a little bit safer

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BE AWARE of other road users and stay safe.

That is the message from Hampshire Constabulary, Portsmouth City Council and road safety charity Brake.

Sarah-Jane Martin from Brake in Commercial Road, Portsmouth promoting cyclist safety

Sarah-Jane Martin from Brake in Commercial Road, Portsmouth promoting cyclist safety

Working with TJ Waste Management, people were given the chance to learn about blindspots on cars and lorries in a bid to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe this winter.

As well as handing out bicycle lights and hi-vis wristbands, people in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, could sit inside a TJ Waste Management lorry and see the driver’s view.

They were shown the different blindspots including along the side of the lorry, behind it and immediately in front of it.

And they were told about new cameras on 25 of the vehicles which help give a 360-degree view around the truck.

Ollie Willcocks, a road safety officer at the council, said: ‘We want to raise awareness of the dangers that face motorists and cyclists on the road.

‘Statistics show that 78 per cent of accidents with a car and a cyclist happen at a junction when a car is pulling out or turning left.

‘We want to make people aware of the dangers.

‘We aren’t here to blame anyone but we want motorists and cyclists to be aware of each other when on the road. We’re encouraging drivers to look over their shoulders just before pulling out at junctions.’

Brake was promoting the same message and Sarah-Jane Martin, a spokeswoman for the charity, said road users need to look out for each other.

‘It’s about making sure cyclists, pedestrians and drivers look out for each other,’ she said.

‘We want people to take a little bit longer to make sure there is nobody coming when pulling out of a junction or crossing the road.’

Cyclist Alan Chapman added: ‘It is important that people learn of the blindspots and know when to properly check if cyclists are around.’

Family promote road safety after accident

VOLUNTEER Amanda Collingwood-Prince has been campaigning for Brake to raise awareness of dangers at junctions.

Amanda’s daughter Madi, 12, was hit by a car which drove onto the pavement and crushed her in her buggy when she was two.

Madi underwent life-saving surgery and had to have a section of her frontal lobe removed.

Amanda, from Worthing who was at the event, said: ‘We were contacted by Brake a few years ago to share our story and raise awareness of dangers at junctions.

‘We want motorists to take extra precaution in case there are children and families crossing 

‘It is about checking and keeping speeds down.’