Road safety advice for young and old

MOTORISTS in Rotherham are being given advice on how to drive safely.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 27th September 2007, 10:26 am
Updated Friday, 28th September 2007, 10:27 am

Rotherham Council road safety officers have joined forces with the police and fire service to organise two safety projects for drivers.

Rotherham Elite Cruisers – a group of young car owners – are also involved in the events, which are taking place tonight at Rotherham Fire Station, Fitzwilliam Road and tomorrow at Magna.

Older drivers can take a reaction test to raise awareness of how long it takes a car to stop in various conditions and at different speeds.

Issues that can affect elderly motorists, such as failing eyesight and slower reactions, will be discussed, along with guidance on puffin road crossings.

The fire service will demonstrate how they remove injured people from crashed vehicles, while police are showing off their number plate recognition equipment that tracks down cars used in crime and high-performance response vehicles.

Organisers hope the demonstrations will particularly highlight the issues facing young motorists aged 17 to 24, who made up 30 per cent of the total number of people killed and seriously injured on Rotherham roads last year.