Road safety teams highlight dangers of speeding

Road safety organisations in Somerset are teaming up to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding.

An action day is being held on Thursday 26 May by the Safer Somerset Partnership, made up of representatives from the County Council’s Somerset Road Safety team, Avon and Somerset Police, Southwestern Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and Highways England.

The groups will be gathering at the Cartgate Services, just off the A303 near Yeovil, to provide driver education and highlight speed as a major factor in collisions, particularly on the approaches to roundabouts.

They will also be warning of the dangers of mobile phone use, and offering advice and tips on all aspects of road safety, from drink-driving to motorcycle safety.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “I’m always shocked by the statistic that speeding is a factor in a third of all crashes. That to me is a clear message that we can all take simple steps – such as slowing down – to improve road safety for ourselves and others.

“My thanks go to all the agencies who are taking part in this action day and I hope the event is a real success in reinforcing the message that we’re all responsible for our own actions when behind the wheel.”

Martyn Callow, External Relationships Manager for Southwestern Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with colleagues from fellow emergency services and Somerset Road Safety to raise awareness about the importance of driving safely.

“Every year we attend hundreds of incidents which could have been prevented if people drove with due care and attention. The use of mobile phones whilst driving is incredibly dangerous and despite repeated warnings we see first-hand the devastating effects that it causes. We welcome the event at Podimore Services and are pleased to be involved.”

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