Road safety in focus as drivers urged to improve - The Evesham Observer

Road safety in focus as drivers urged to improve

Evesham Editorial 29th Oct, 2019   0

EVESHAM and Pershore drivers are being given the opportunity to become better drivers and help improve the county’s roads as part of the second phase of a road safety campaign.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and Worcestershire County Council are coming together for the next part of the ‘Roads Focus’ campaign – which, this time round, will be held across two weeks with the theme of ‘winter driving’.

During the campaign, which kicks off on November 18 to coincide with the National Road Safety Week, more drop-in sessions will be held at locations across Worcestershire. These sessions will enable people to put comments, concerns and questions about road safety issues to the PCC, Worcestershire County Council, the Safer Roads Partnership and local policing teams. For those who can’t attend the drop-in sessions, a ‘Facebook Live’ Q&A will be held to address road-related questions and concerns.

Across the two weeks there will also be two free driver awareness sessions, held in partnership with national driver-education providers TTC, that will test drivers on their Highway Code knowledge and cover off speeds, road signs and hazard perception. Those attending will also benefit from a 20% discount on dashcams.

Alongside that, being offered for the first time, is hands-on driver training that will allow people to improve their skills when it comes to over and under steering, emergency braking techniques and improving overall confidence. To encourage more people to take up this great opportunity, the PCC is funding 50% of the cost for the three hour course.

Details of the various sessions taking place across the two weeks can be found here:

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “As we work together to improve the roads and increase enforcement where possible, it is only right that we do the same with education.

“Once again we want to hear from people and look to address concerns that are raised, but I am pleased to be offering people the opportunity to not only improve their knowledge but their driving skills too.”

Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor Alan Amos, said: “Last year’s Roads Focus campaign was an excellent opportunity for us to visit communities, hear their views about road safety, and to take meaningful action to alleviate any concerns.

“I am looking forward to joining the Police and Crime Commissioner once again to meet residents across the county, and we encourage members of the public to come along to help us make roads safer for everyone in Worcestershire.”

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