12th December 2019

Step up for Road Safety week

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is urging drivers to step up for Road Safety Week.

Road Safety Week, which runs from the 18th to the 24th of November, is an annual charity event organised by Brake, which aims to highlight general road safety concerns whilst reducing the number of casualties on the UK’s roads. 2019’s theme is “Step Up for Safer Streets”.

Brake believes everyone can step up and help make the roads safer by:

  • Minimising vehicle use –for example, by walking, cycling or taking public transport where possible.
  • Schools can help young people learn how to create a safe and healthy roadside environment, as well as giving them the skills to challenge those in power to make improvements.
  • Organisations can step up their policies and procedures to ensure they keep their staff and others safe.
  • Emergency service professionals can step up to highlight their vital role in helping keep us safe.

The County Council has already implemented a safe system approach in the design of its new road safety strategy. In a safe system there is a shared responsibility for preventing injury between road users, enforcers and those who design, build and manage roads and vehicles.

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “We all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe on the road and simply by stepping up to follow Brake’s advice we can work together to make the roads a safer place for all.”

Avon and Somerset Police are also offering grants to local people who support road safety initiatives. If you are a community or volunteer group, you could apply for up to £5,000 from the road safety fund to improve the safety of people in your street. You can find out more here: http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/apply/police-community-trust/road-safety-fund/.

For more information on road safety visit: http://www.somersetroadsafety.org. You can follow the team by searching for Somerset Road Safety on Facebook and Instagram, and by following @SCC_RoadSafety on Twitter.