Road safety charity outlines a series of commitments motorists and others can sign to make the streets safer.
Road Safety Week 2016 dates
The Brake Pledge is a commitment to make the streets safer and can be signed online as part of Road Safety Week that runs from November 21st – 27th 2016. Brake – a safety charity – said it has six parts that relate to “drivers” specifically and "everyone": "slow, sober, secure, silent, sharp and sustainable". The wording follows.
Drivers: "I'll stay under limits and slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops to protect others. I'll slow right down for bends, brows, and bad weather and avoid overtaking."
Everyone: "I'll speak out for slowing down, and help drivers understand that the slower they drive the more chance they have of avoiding a crash and saving a life."
Drivers: "I'll never drive after drinking any alcohol or drugs – not a drop, not a drag."
Everyone: "I'll plan ahead to make sure I, and anyone I'm with, can get home safely and I'll never get a lift with drink/drug drivers. I'll speak out if someone's about to drive on drink or drugs."
Drivers: "I'll make sure everyone in my vehicle is belted up on every journey, and kids smaller than 150cm are in a proper child restraint. I'll choose the safest vehicle I can and ensure it's maintained."
Everyone: "I'll belt up on every journey, and make sure friends and family do too."
Drivers: "I'll never take or make calls, read, or type when driving. I'll put communication devices out of reach and stay focused on the road."
Everyone: "I'll never chat on the phone to someone else who's driving."
Drivers: "I'll stay focused on safe driving. I'll take regular breaks and never drive if I'm tired, stressed, or on medication that affects driving. I'll get my eyes tested every two years and wear glasses or lenses at the wheel if I need them."
Everyone: "I'll look out for friends and loved ones by ensuring they only drive if they're fit for it, and rest if they're tired."
Everyone: "I'll minimise the amount I drive, or not drive at all. I'll get about by walking, cycling or public transport as much as I can, for road safety, the environment and my health."
Brake revealed a series of statistics to emphasise the importance of its message. Highlights included:
- excessive speed is a contributory factor in more than a quarter of fatal traffic collisions in Great Britain;
- having a single alcoholic drink can impede driving ability;
- wearing a seatbelt cuts the chance of dying in a collision by fifty percent;
- drivers that use a mobile phone are three times more likely to crash;
- poor eyesight contributes to nearly three-thousand casualties per-annum.