Survive the Drive helps keep the armed forces alive

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is working alongside partner agencies to keep armed forces personnel safer on the road.

Statistics show armed forces personnel in the UK have a 62% increased risk of being involved in a road traffic collision compared to members of the general public.

The Council’s Road Safety Team has been working closely with armed services based in the county for a number of years to help reduce the number of service personnel killed or injured on the roads, and now with the creation of a new bespoke, multi-agency presentation, Survive the Drive, it is hoped that this work can increase in both scope and scale.

Survive the Drive uses a combination of live speakers discussing their personal experiences of road collisions and video footage involving members of the armed services to examine the biggest dangers to drivers/riders otherwise known as the fatal 5:

  • Drink driving – including the dangers of driving the morning after a night out drinking.
  • Speed – driving/riding at an inappropriate speed for the road conditions.
  • Distractions – specifically the use of mobile phones while driving.
  • Seat belts – the dangers of not wearing one.
  • Fatigue – driving while tired can be as dangerous as driving while drunk.

The presentation has been developed by a number of partner agencies including SAFE South West, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Devon County Council, Highways England, MOD (Defence Safety Authority), Think Amy, and the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service.

The pilot presentation took place at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset in early November and this will be followed by other pilot events in both Devon and Wiltshire before being rolled out across the South West and then nationally in 2019.

Councillor John Woodman Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways said: “I am delighted that Survive the Drive is being piloted in Somerset. We urge all members of the armed forces to take heed of the advice to help them stay safe on the roads and reduce their risk of being involved in a road traffic collision.”

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