NEIL HAMILTON, MS for Mid & West Wales and Leader of UKIP Wales, Wales is calling on his constituents to help make our roads safer and reduce the number of accidents.
Mr Hamilton, a member of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs committee, is supporting Road Safety Week, the UK’s biggest road safety event, organised every year by Brake, a road safety charity.
“I fully support any initiatives which raise awareness of safety on our roads, both for drivers and pedestrians, and urge everyone to heed the messages and support Road Safety Week which runs from November 16 – 22.
“The theme for 2020 is ‘No need to speed’, following findings that only a quarter of people think vehicles travel at a safe speed on the street where they live. This number is too high and we need to do whatever we can to improve this.
“The annual Road Safety Week is co-ordinated by Brake the road safety charity and aims to inspire thousands of schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages during Road Safety Week and beyond.
“During the week everyone will be encouraged to learn about how the speed of traffic matters to their safety, whether they are walking to school, cycling into town or driving for work.
“It is vitally important for us all to recognise there is ‘No Need for Speed’ and do our bit for a safe and healthy future.”
The week-long Road Safety Week campaign is supported by funding from the Department for Transport and headline sponsors DHL and Specsavers and will use the collective voice of members of the public, schools, communities, organisations and the emergency services to make clear that there is ‘No Need to Speed’ on the road.
To participate in Road Safety Week, people are invited to register for a free action pack at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk. Everyone, no matter what you do, can take part in Road Safety Week:
• Individuals can learn what a safe speed is, speak with families and friends who may travel too fast and choose technologies, or modes, which help keep people safe.
• Schools can help young people learn how the streets around their homes and schools can have safer speeds and shout out for change.
• Organisations can step up their policies and procedures to ensure that their employees travel at safe speeds and understand why this is so important.
• Emergency service professionals can enforce speed limits and share their experiences of the impact of travelling too fast.
• Decision-makers can consider what changes can be made to our road environment to encourage safe speeds and healthy streets.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Road Safety Week provides a unique opportunity, every year, to focus attention on how the safety of our roads impacts all our daily lives. Speed plays a part in every crash and just 1mph can mean the difference between life and death on the roads. This Road Safety Week we want to help everyone understand why speed matters and to join together to say there is ‘No need to speed’ on our roads.