East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on road users and pedestrians to pledge to look out for each other this Brake Road Safety Week, which begins on 17 November 2014.
Road crashes affect not just the individual; the lives of families can be destroyed by losing a loved one or changed forever by caring for a family member with life changing injuries.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is holding a number of public events, offering advice to local residents and talking about the common causes of road collisions, including distraction for both drivers and pedestrians, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.
Head of Community Risk Management for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Neal Robinson, said: "East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service do a vital job in helping to protect the public on the roads. Road Safety Week is a great opportunity to join forces with our partner agencies, to engage with local communities and schools, and to get out there, be seen, and spread important road safety messages."
Road Safety Week 2014
This year’s Brake Road Safety Week is focused on getting people to make a pledge to look out for each other: http://www.brake.org.uk/pledge
Drivers – I'll stay under limits, and slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops to protect others. I'll slow right down for bends, brows and bad weather, and avoid overtaking.
Everyone – I'll speak out for slowing down and help drivers understand that the slower they drive, the more chance they have of avoiding a crash and saving a life.
Drivers – I'll never drive after drinking any alcohol or drugs – not a drop, not a drag.
Everyone - I'll plan ahead to make sure I, and anyone I'm with, can get home safely and I'll never get a lift with drink/drug drivers. I'll speak out if someone's about to drive on drink or drugs.
Drivers – I'll make sure everyone in my vehicle is belted up on every journey, and kids smaller than 150cm are in a proper child restraint. I'll choose the safest vehicle I can and ensure it's maintained.
Everyone – I'll belt up on every journey, and make sure friends and family do too.
Drivers – I'll never take or make calls or texts when driving. I'll turn off my phone or put it out of sight and on silent, and stay focused on the road.
Everyone – I'll never chat on the phone to someone else who's driving.
Drivers – I'll get my eyes tested every two years and wear glasses or lenses at the wheel if I need them. I'll take regular breaks and never drive if I'm tired, stressed or on medication that affects driving.
Everyone – I'll look out for friends and loved ones by ensuring they only drive if they're fit for it, and rest if they're tired.
Everyone – I'll minimise the amount I drive, or not drive at all. I'll get about by walking, cycling or public transport as much as I can, for road safety, the environment and my health.