Category road safety

Cabinet backs savings rethink thanks to extra funding

Extra funding could be made available to allow a full review of Somerset County Council’s winter gritting service if recommendations from today’s Cabinet meeting are supported by Full Council next week. Thanks to better than expected finalised funding for 2019/20, Cabinet supported plans to provide up to £200,000 which will see the reversal of the […]

HOGs help biker safety in Somerset

Somerset County Council’s road safety team has received a generous donation from Bridgwater bikers. At a recent Biker Down course in Taunton, run jointly by Somerset Road Safety and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, members of Bridgwater Harley Owners Group (HOG) kindly donated £1,000 to Somerset Road Safety in support of their work […]

Stay Safe on the Road over Christmas

Somerset County Council’s road safety team have some helpful advice to keep you safe on the roads over the festive period. The closer to Christmas it gets the busier everywhere becomes and as the roads are no exception, the chances are it’s going to take longer to get anywhere you need to go. The more […]

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 […]

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 […]