Staying safe on the roads

16/12/2020

Firefighters attend hundreds of Road Traffic Collisions (RTC) each year and during 2020, our crews in Nottinghamshire have already attended 440.

We work hard in conjunction with other agencies, and as a member of the Nottingham Road Safety Partnership, we want to educate local people and reduce the amount of crashes that occur on our roads.

There are many factors that can contribute towards an RTC and we want to warn people how dangerous it can be if you do not drive safely. It can cause accidents, creating serious injuries and even killing other road users.

Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents. When driving, please Think Speed as the risk of killing a pedestrian is four times higher at 40mph than at 30mph.

Wearing a seatbelt whilst in a vehicle will massively reduce the chances of you suffering a serious injury, whether you are the driver or not. You can be fined up to £500 if you do not wear a seatbelt.

Distractions can be another common cause of collisions which can include the use of mobile phones and eating whilst driving.

It is an offence to use a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving a vehicle, and you can get six penalty points and a £200 fine if you do use a mobile phone when driving. You will also lose your license if you passed your driving test in the last two years.

When driving, ensure that you are focusing on the roads, taking in your surroundings and drive accordingly to the road and weather conditions especially during the festive season.

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