Be a road safety hero

Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team is encouraging all road users to become road safety heroes next week.

Road Safety Week, which runs from 15 to 21 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; 2021’s theme is “be a road safety hero”.

It will celebrate the work of often ‘unseen’ road safety heroes across the county, including members of Somerset’s own team, while also encouraging everyone to play a part in making roads safer.

During the week, the team will be at eight different events across the County, sharing knowledge and ideas with people of all ages. But as well as celebrating road safety professionals, the Council is also joining forces with Brake to use Road Safety Week to celebrate everyone who plays a part.

The focus across the week will range from children and schools to road safety campaigners and emergency services, as well as charities and on Sunday 21 November the team will mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

The Council’s safe system approach in design processes has continued from previous years. The safe system involves shared responsibility for preventing injury between road users, enforcers and those who design, build, and manage roads and vehicles.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways said: “We all have different road safety heroes for different reasons, for example our school crossing patrols, and they help to make the roads a safer place; we can also become heroes by putting safety first when we are out and about.

“By supporting Brake’s fantastic initiative, we can work together to make the roads a safer place for all.”

Keep an eye out for the #RoadSafetyWeek hashtag on social media, and make sure to follow @BrakeCharity on Twitter in addition to looking at our road safety team’s resources. Please visit www.somersetroadsafety.org for more information and follow us on social media – Somerset Road Safety on Facebook, @SCC_RoadSafety on Twitter and @somersetroadsafety on Instagram.

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. This funding is possible from the cost recovery when motorists caught speeding attend educational speed awareness course, road safety funding more road safety. You can find out more here: www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/apply/police-community-trust/road-safety-fund/.

Somerset Road Safety provides advice to thousands every year through educational events; they run Bikeability courses for school children and train School Crossing Patrols.