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Road Safety Week 2017 - Speed Down Save Lives

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Road Safety Week 2017 - Speed Down Save Lives

Stephensons supports Road Safety Week, an initiative started by Brake, a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer for everyone and support people bereaved and seriously injured on roads.

From today until 26th November it is Road Safety Week, with Brake’s initiative seeking to raise awareness in respect of the impact speed has in road collisions.

Brake’s message for Road Safety Week is Speed Down Save Lives.

A recent Brake survey found that four in ten (40%) of UK drivers admitted that they sometimes drive at 30mph in 20mph zones, with breaking the speed limit or travelling too fast for conditions being recorded by the police at crash scenes as a contributory factor in one in four (23%) fatal crashes in Great Britain in 2015.

Brake’s survey also showed that 20% of patients admitted to trauma centres were involved in road crashes in 2016, with road collisions being the second largest cause of trauma admissions, after falls from less than two metres.

24% of the patients admitted to trauma centres due to road crashes, were admitted straight to intensive care.

Last year, some 11,486 road users – the equivalent of 31 a day – were admitted to trauma centres in England and Wales with life-threatening injuries.

Based on Brake’s research the regions with the highest proportion of road collision trauma patients were the Thames Valley (25%), North West London (23%), the West Midlands (23%), the East Midlands (22%) and East England (22%).

Brake’s message is that driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead – such as a child stepping out from between parked cars – it is a driver’s speed that will determine whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t stop, how hard they will hit.

Stephensons supports Road Safety Week - Speed Down Save Lives.