Author Archives: srsroadsafety

The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before

With the Christmas party season in full swing, Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team is reminding motorists of the morning after drink-drive risk. Most people know the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and wouldn’t dream of putting lives at risk by driving home after a night out drinking. The dangers of driving […]

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 […]

Keep safe on the road this winter

Somerset County Council’s road safety team has some helpful advice to keep everyone safe on the roads over the winter months. Heavy rain, high winds, ice, snow, and shorter hours of daylight can make driving/riding over the winter months a challenging experience. It’s important for road users to realise that road conditions can be challenging […]

Bike Smart for Road Safety Week

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is supporting Brake’s road safety week by urging everyone to bike smart.  Road Safety Week, 19 to 25 November, is an annual event organised by Brake, the road safety charity. This year’s theme ‘bike SMART’ aims to raise awareness of the risks cyclists and motorcyclists face when on the […]

Drop in road deaths and lowest number of collisions on record

The number of deaths on Somerset’s roads fell by 12 per cent last year, the lowest level in five years and bucking the regional trend. Department for Transport (DfT) figures recorded 22 deaths on the county’s roads whereas nationally there was no change, and in the South West region a 15 per cent increase over […]

Make sure your children are sitting pretty… safely!

Somerset County Council’s road safety team are urging parents and carers to ensure their children travel in correctly sized and fitted car seats.  A recent survey carried out by the consumer magazine Which? and Good Egg Safety, a leading UK in-car child safety initiative, found that almost 90% of retailers weren’t asking consumers the key […]

Avoid a Halloween horror story by staying safe on the road!

Somerset County Council’s road safety team have some helpful tips to keep everyone safe on Halloween. October 31st is an exciting day of the year for many children and lots of parents but this increase in night-time pedestrian activity can lead to a rise in road casualties due to the unfortunate combination of excited children, […]

Somerset Road Safety practices what it preaches!

Somerset County Council’s motorcycle road safety coordinator has been practising what he preaches by bagging a distinction for safe riding. Neill Sedgwick, the Road Safety Team’s motorcycle road safety coordinator, has just successfully completed the Institute of Advanced Motorist’s Masters programme, gaining a distinction, the highest possible award. The Masters programme is open to all […]

Somerset Moto Fest is back!

Somerset Moto Fest is once more almost upon us and it’s looking to be bigger and better than last year. Organised by Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team, the free event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 15 and 16 September, at the world-famous Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil. It’s for anyone and […]

Get in gear for Cycle to Work Day

Road users in Somerset are being encouraged to stay safe on Cycle to Work Day with a little help from the County Council’s Road Safety Team. UK’s biggest cycle commuting event takes place on 15 August, aiming to promote the benefits of cycling to work instead of commuting by car. Cycling is a great way […]