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Firefighters to give safety advice to motorway drivers
FIREFIGHTERS from Hampshire will visit some of the county’s busiest motorway services this Saturday to raise awareness of road safety issues.
They will be joined by colleagues from the Highways Agency, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Policing and members of the Services’s RideSMART team, who advise on motorbike rider safety, to talk to drivers about issues including speed, distraction, correctly fitted child car seats and breaking distances.
Group manager Brian Rudman, who is leading the initiative, said: “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. By raising awareness through talking to drivers we aim to make life safer on our roads and prevent needless casualties.”
He added: “Everyday our fire crews deal with the traumatic aftermath of appalling road accidents, which are preventable. As a result of this experience and our positive relationship with the public, we hope we are ideally placed to deliver road safety messages whilst drivers take an important break from the motorway.”
The events will run from 10.30am to 4pm both sides of the carriageway at services in Fleet, Winchester and Rownhams, where Hampshire Fire and Rescue service's crashed car units will also be on display.
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