Friday, 6 June 2014

Human error danger highlighted by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service



East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on motorists, bikers, cyclists and pedestrians not to be complacent on the roads.

It is joining with other fire and rescue services across the country for UK Road Safety Week, taking place from 9 to 15 June 2014.

With a theme of ‘Be Safe Out There’, firefighters and volunteers will be out and about in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove City promoting safety advice.

Director of Prevention & Protection Andy Reynolds said: “We have looked carefully at the causes of road traffic collisions in our area. It is clear to see that people failing to pay proper attention is a major issue – both for people in cars or on bikes and for pedestrians. The positive side to this is that we can all make roads safer simply by making sure we don’t get distracted and remembering that carelessness can cause injuries or even death. You, your friends and your family are irreplaceable – don’t take risks.”

Causes of road traffic collisions by Borough in East Sussex
(Based on information supplied by the Sussex Safer Road Partnership)

Eastbourne
Failure to look properly (road user)
Failure to judge other person’s path or speed (road user)
Failure to look properly (pedestrian)
Careless, reckless or in a hurry (road user)
Distraction in or outside the vehicle (road user)

Hastings
Failure to look properly (road user)
Failure to judge other person’s path or speed (road user)
Failure to look properly (pedestrian)
Failed to judge vehicle’s path or speed (pedestrian)
Careless, reckless or in a hurry (road user)

Lewes Borough
Failure to look properly (road user)
Failure to judge other person’s path or speed (road user)
Careless, reckless or in a hurry (road user)
Sudden braking (road user)
Failure to look properly (pedestrian)

Rother Borough
Failure to look properly (road user)
Failure to judge other person’s path or speed (road user)
Careless, reckless or in a hurry (road user)
Failure to look properly (pedestrian)
Poor turn or manoeuvre (road user)

Wealden Borough
Failure to look properly (road user)
Failure to judge other person’s path or speed (road user)
Careless, reckless or in a hurry (road user)
Loss of control (road user)
Slippery (due to weather)

Background

The week is being organised by the Chief Fire Officers Association. It is also being supported by national partners including the Highways Agency, Department for Transport, Association of Chief Police Officers, Brake, Road Safety GB, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, RoadSafe, Tyresafe, Living Streets, the RAC Foundation and the MAG Foundation (motorcycle and scooter safety and research charity).

Paul Fuller, President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, said: “We know that the fire and rescue service has already helped to improve road safety, through targeted local educational programmes, and that FRSs are world leaders in casualty care and extrication techniques after Road Traffic Collisions. This week of events and activities will allow us to engage with partners and our local communities to work towards our ultimate goal of zero deaths and reduced injuries on UK Roads.”

 
About CFOA

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) is a professional membership association and a registered charity. CFOA members are drawn from all UK Fire & Rescue Services (FRSs) representing the senior executives and managers of the Service. Through the work of its members the Association supports the Fire and Rescue Services of the UK in its aspiration to protect the communities they serve and to continue to improve the overall performance of the fire sector. CFOA provides professional and technical advice to inform national fire policy.

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