Motorists urged to “Look out for each other” for Somerset’s Road Safety Week

Road Safety experts at Somerset County Council are driving home the significance of safety on Somerset’s roads next week with seven jam-packed days of activities.

Events county-wide are taking place to mark national Road Safety Week from Monday 17 until Sunday 23 November.

Moped checks at Yeovil College, talks to empower and support drivers aged 60+ in Bruton, and to 600 students at Millfield School in Street count among those taking place.

The Somerset Road Safety bus will also make its way to Bridgwater on Friday 21 November and Taunton on Sunday 23 November, for both towns Christmas lights switch-on events. They will be on-hand to give advice and promote their message for the dark winter nights, “Be Bright, Be Seen”.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Road Safety policy, said: “We have several events scheduled for every day of Road Safety Week, spanning a range of safety themes for motorists young and old.

“National figures show that there are about 10% more collisions killing or injuring a pedestrian in the four weeks following the clocks going back than in the four weeks before the clocks change, and our aim is to raise as much awareness as possible, particularly among young people, of their vulnerability, especially as the nights get longer.

“We want pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers all thinking about each other’s vulnerabilities, and to ‘Look Out For Each Other’.”

To apply for your free road safety pack, download a range of free posters, and get ideas on road safety teaching, activities and campaigns, just visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/educators

To view activities taking place in Somerset visit www.somersetroadsafety.org