Last updated: Thu 2 Nov 2017

Road Safety Week 2017

Nunney Pre-School is taking part in Road Safety Week 2017, which will be held from 20 to 26 November throughout the UK.

Road Safety Week

Parked cars and speeding vehicles pose a real danger to children in Nunney too.

If you would like to be involved in planning activities around road safety, please contact Nunney Pre-School’s leader, Jeanette Steinbeck, by email at [email protected].

Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity.

Road Safety Week aims to inspire thousands of schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages during the Week and beyond.

It also provides a focal point for professionals working in road safety to boost awareness and engagement in their work.

Road Safety Week

Powerful vehicles

In the UK speeding is still a major problem. It causes needless crashes, untold suffering and stops people living safe and healthy lives.

Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead – such as a child stepping out from between parked cars – it is a driver’s speed that will determine whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t stop, how hard they will hit.

Yet newer vehicles are more powerful than ever before and reach high speeds quickly. Driving fast is glamorised and often encouraged by programmes and adverts that worship the cult of the car.

We all live busy lives and there is a temptation to speed up in the hope of saving time, where in fact we could be costing lives.

We can all play our part in raising awareness about the dangers of driving too fast and this year’s campaign will focus on:

  • speed causes deaths and serious injuries on our roads
  • rural roads are not race tracks
  • 20mph is the only safe speed in heavily built-up areas used by pedestrians and cyclists
  • going slow = stopping in time
  • speed is scary and noisy. It stops communities being enjoyable places for children and families to walk, talk and play
  • speed cameras work. They save lives.

Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) is an important development that is likely to be fitted to all vehicles in the future.

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A few facts on why Road Safety Week 2017’s theme is important:

  • Breaking the speed limit or travelling too fast for conditions is recorded by police at crash scenes as a contributory factor in one in four (23%) fatal crashes in the UK.
  • Drivers with one speeding violation annually are twice as likely to crash as those with none.
  • A recent survey found that four in 10 (40%) UK drivers admitted they sometimes drive at 30mph in 20mph zones.

You can test your knowledge of road safety and speed limits by taking part in a quiz.

Nunney Parish Council is currently discussing a 20mph speed limit throughout the village. A consultation was held in Nunney Church last month.

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