Road Safety

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Road Safety Week 2016 is a national campaign that we are supporting to ask drivers in the South Central region to sign up to a number of pledges to help reduce deaths and injuries on our roads. These include – slowing down, staying sober, avoiding distractions whilst driving (i.e. don’t use your phone) and always wearing a seatbelt.

Why do we need Road Safety Week?

In 2015, across the South Central region 111 people were killed in road traffic collisions and 1,915 people seriously injured. All these incidents were ones that our staff attended – coming both by road and air. Our staff feel strongly that the vast majority of road traffic collisions they go to could be avoided if people signed up to all the pledges of Road Safety Week 2016, and doing so would mean that they would have to deal with far less fatalities and seriously injured patients.

Alexandra Dill, Clinical Mentor, Wexham Resource Centre

Alex is urging people to slow down this Road Safety Week and pledge to do the following:

“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.”

Watch Alex’s video to find out why this is so important to her:

 

 

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Please help Alex deal with less deaths and injuries caused by excessive speed by making your pledge at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/pledge

Anita Urry, Paramedic Team Leader, Wexham Resource Centre

Anita is urging everyone to stay completely sober on the roads this Road Safety Week and pledge to do the following:

I’ll never drive after drinking any alcohol or drugs – not a drop, not a drag.

Watch Anita’s video to find out why this is so important to her:

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Please help Anita deal with less deaths and injuries caused by drink/drug driving by making your pledge at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/pledge

Mark Ainsworth-Smith, Consultant Pre-Hospital Care Practitioner, Hampshire

Mark would like everyone this Road Safety Week to reduce their risk of death and serious injury by pledging to do the following:

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.

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Please help Mark deal with less deaths and injuries caused when drivers and passengers are not wearing seatbelts by making your pledge at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/pledge

Darren Weston, Clinical Operations Manager, Oxfordshire

Darren would like everyone this Road Safety Week to make everyone on our roads safer by pledging to do the following:

I’ll never take or make calls, read or type when driving. I’ll put communication devices out of reach, and stay focussed on the road.

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Please help Darren deal with less deaths and injuries caused by drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel by making your pledge at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/pledge

Neil Durrant, Clinical Operations Manager, South Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire

Neil would like everyone this Road Safety Week to adopt good driving habits on motorways and keep seatbelts on, as he has dealt with numerous fatalities and serious injuries when called to motorway accidents that he feels could have been avoided, by pledging to do the following:

I’ll stay focussed on safe driving. I’ll take regular breaks and I’ll never drive if I’m tired, stressed or on medication that affects driving. I’ll get my eyes tested every two years and wear glasses or lenses at the wheel if I need them.

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Please help Neil deal with less deaths and injuries caused by drivers not staying sharp and focused on the road by making your pledge at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/pledge