National Road Safety Week

Firefighters cut open a door of the car during the mock RTA at the College of Further Education. Picture by FRANK REID
Firefighters cut open a door of the car during the mock RTA at the College of Further Education. Picture by FRANK REID
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This week is National Road Safety Week, an annual initiative run by the road safety charity BRAKE which this year focuses on the theme of ‘Drive Less, Live More.’

The campaign is encouraging people to help cut the traffic on our busy roads by ditching short journeys that could be made on foot or public transport instead.

Slater and Gordon is a proud supporter of BRAKE and over the last few weeks staff from our Sheffield office have been going into local primary and secondary schools to give presentations to youngsters about staying safe on the roads.

Worryingly, fatal road traffic collisions increased by four per cent in the UK last year and 446 pedestrians needlessly lost their lives.

According to police, the most common factor in reported road traffic collisions last year was drivers failing to look properly. This is no defence for the driver if a crash happens and a split second can change lives.

Drivers have a responsibility which they must take seriously every time they get behind the wheel.

However, pedestrians can take steps to make themselves safer and I hope our staff have made a difference in educating youngsters about this to help avoid injury and potentially save lives.

Jane Cooper

Personal injury lawyer, Slater and Gordon