Katie's Diary

Road Safety Week

20th November 2014

This week is Road Safety Week  organized  annually by BRAKE to prevent and reduce the number of accidents that occur on our roads.

 

 

This year BRAKE has taken the theme ‘look out for each other’ in particular, drivers who are encouraged to slow to 20 mph whilst driving through communities, taking particular care at junctions and bends.  BRAKE also emphasize the need for pedestrians to stay safe by ensuring they can be seen.

 

Great Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world, however it is still estimated that five people die on Britain’s roads everyday.

 

Common causes of these unnecessary tragedies include speeding, drink driving, unsafe cycling and young drivers.

 

One such victim is Danica who, whilst walking with her aunty, was hit by a speeding car when the driver lost control and mounted the pavement - Danica lost her leg, her Aunty lost her life.  Danica says: "My life has changed dramatically and I’ve had to grow up quickly. I’ve learnt a lot about the world.”

 

ubu know only too well the challenges that disabled people face on a daily basis and encourage all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to stay safe on the road this winter so that they may never have to unnecessarily experience such challenges.

 

We suggest the following tips:

 

Drivers

  • Slow down
  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Wear seat belts
  • Don’t be distracted by your phone, music or similar interferences
  • Don’t drive tired

 

Pedestrians

  • Walk on the inside of the pavement
  • Wear high visibility clothing at all times
  • Take control of small children
  • Don’t talk on the phone, chat to friends or listen to music whilst crossing roads
  • Follow the Green Cross Code

 

 

 Cyclists

  • Use cycling lanes
  • Maintain your bike regularly
  • Wear high visibility clothing both day and night, including reflective strips and headlight
  • Wear a helmet

 

Whilst our uStep programme continues to help 100’s of vulnerable people throughout the UK, ubu feel great sadness for those rendered disabled through stupidity and recklessness on the road.  Lets all STAY SAFE this year and ‘look out for each other’.

 

For many more helpful road safety tips, further information and to read victims stories visit http://brake.org.uk/ .  Don’t forget you can follow us on twitter @KatiesCalendar

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