Tuesday, 10 June 2014

On foot or two wheels - Hastings locals urged to take extra care

The habits of pedestrians and cyclists in Hastings will be in the spotlight as part of UK Road Safety Week (9 to 15 June 2014).

Firefighters from Hastings are joining forces with Sussex Police Road Policing Units to promote tips aimed at keeping people safe.

With a theme of ‘Be Safe Out There’ they will be out and about from 10-3 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday outside Debenhams in the centre of town. The initiative,
organised by firefighters John Keen and Martin Walker, started on Monday (9 June).

John Keen said: “When people talk about road safety, they probably think about speeding or collisions involving cars and lorries. We also want to make people aware that cyclists and pedestrians have a role to play in making our roads safer. Being seen is vital – whether on foot or two wheels, make sure don’t put yourself at risk. If you’re on a bike, wear high visibility clothing and safety gear. If you are walking, use crossings and teach children the right way to cross safely.

Martin Walker added: “We still want drivers to take extra care too. Check your mirrors, give people space and slow down. These are all simple things which we too easily forget to do while in a hurry. But they can make all the difference to ensuring someone comes homes safely at the end of the day.”

Top safety tips

·         Cyclists – be seen, be safe - wear high visibility clothing, helmets and lights
·         Two wheels or more – be aware of blind spots in mirrors
·         Motorists - rule out distractions by turning off mobiles, ask passengers to stay quiet and
·         Pedestrians – use crossings and teach children how to cross the road safely

UK Road Safety Week

The week is 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).

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