ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS DAY-
FRIDAY 29TH APRIL
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Crew Manager in Abergavenny- James Cunningham is involved with organising a Road Safety Awareness Event in Fair Field car park Abergavenny on Friday 29th April. The event is being held in partnership with Gwent Police and the Welsh Ambulance Trust with the aim is to raise awareness of the dangers drivers face when driving with excessive speed and practicing poor driving skills.
The Fire & Rescue service say that- 98%!o(MISSING)f all road traffic collisions are attributed to human error. Road Traffic Collisions (RTC’s) have become more frequent than house fires, and sadly cause more deaths. In 2011, the number of road related casualties on welsh roads was 9406.
It is therefore a major priority for the Fire and Rescue Service to highlight the dangers that exist for the public travelling on South Wales roads, and raise awareness of the simple measures they can take to ensure they, their passengers and other road users remain safe.
Many of those killed on Welsh roads are younger drivers and Road Traffic Collisions are the biggest killer of people between 17 and 24. Young drivers in Wales account for a third of all road traffic fatalities and one fifth of newly qualified drivers have had a collision within the first 12 months of passing their test.
Although the event on 29th April is open to anyone, we’re specifically aiming it at young drivers and boy racers. Throughout the event the Fire Service, Police and Ambulance Service will be talking to members of the public about issues surrounding road safety and will also be carrying out an extrication demonstration where we will simulate a two car collision and how we go about removing casualties from vehicles involved.
James said- “I am keen to get a commitment from anyone who might be able to attend the event with a race or rally car to display. As I’m sure you can understand an event like this is generally not very appealing to the demographic that we’re aiming it at so he is hoping that by having race, rally or high performance cars there it might make it a little more appealing and draw more youngsters in. You would be more than welcome to display any branding at the event.”
Kind regards, Crew Manager- James Cunningham- South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
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