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Today is National Road Safety Day 22nd July 2011




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National Road Safety Day

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be supporting the Chief Fire Officer Association’s (CFOA) National Road Safety Day on July 22nd in preparation for the big holiday getaway weekend.

The two main messages Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service want to make motorists aware of are ‘only a fool breaks the two second rule’ and ‘it’s better to arrive five minutes late in this life than to arrive five minutes early in the next.’

The two second rule refers to the consequences of driving too close to the vehicle in front including stopping distances and using an appropriate adjustment for the conditions such as poor conditions or visibility.

The five minutes message is about speed and the consequences stating ‘It’s better to arrive five minutes late in this life than to arrive five minutes early in the next.’

Crews from Newcastle and Kidsgrove will be at Keele Service Station on the M6 motorway on Friday from 10am – 4pm on both the northbound and southbound sides.
The M6 is the longest motorway in the country, running from junction 19 of the M1 near Rugby up to the A74 on the Scottish border. The M6 Safety Day aims to raise awareness about driving on the motorway and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be asking drivers simple safety and awareness questions, such as how long the driver has been driving for without a break and finding out how many people are aware of the two second braking rule.
David Steele, Risk Reduction Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are frequently called to car crashes on the M6 motorway and a lot of the collisions could have been avoided had the drivers been paying more attention to the road and their surroundings.

“The aim of this event is to highlight common mistakes drivers make, such as driving whilst tired and driving too close to the vehicle in front of them, things which can easily cause serious accidents.

“We want people to feel safe on the motorway and feel confident to be driving, however it is important that all drivers are aware of the dangers and are driving in a manner which does not endanger themselves or others.”
For more information about road safety visit: www.staffssaferroads.co.uk

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