Road Safety Week No Need to Speed Image supplied by BFRS

This week is UK Road Safety Week

This week Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) is supporting the UK’s biggest road safety event, Road Safety Week (16-22 November), coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity.

Speed is important because it plays a part in every death and injury on our roads. The formula is simple: the higher the speed the harder the crash and the greater the risk of death and injury.

This year’s Road Safety Week theme, ‘No Need to Speed’, is a reminder to everyone of how the speed they travel affects other people. More than 1.3 million people die on roads every year and speed accounts for 1 in 5 fatal crashes in the UK.

Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller said:

“Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service continue to raise awareness around road safety in the county. This week we are highlighting Road Safety Week 2020.

“We have a number of rural roads in Bedfordshire, which can be hazardous at this time of year due to the change in weather conditions and the earlier dark nights.

“We have produced a short film highlighting a stretch of the A507, which is a particularly dangerous piece of road and accounts for over 10% of the Road Traffic Collisions we have attended this year.

“The film points out the key hazards that drivers should be aware of when using this piece of road. I would urge you to be aware of the roads that you drive on and of those that you share these roads with.

“Always drive at a safe speed for the road conditions and never exceed speed limits they are there for a reason and that is to keep road users safe and save lives. Help us to keep our roads safe this winter.”

Between 1 November 2019 to 31 October 2020, BFRS crews attended 386 road traffic collisions across Bedfordshire.