Posted: Thu 21st Nov 2013

Mark Tami MP Tunes into Road Safety Campaign Week

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Nov 21st, 2013

Mark Tami MP is supporting national Road Safety Week, 18-24 November, by calling on the Westminster Government and people in Alyn & Deeside to ‘tune into road safety’.

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Government figures released in November showed that the number of motorcycling and cycling casualties on our roads has risen in comparison to the same period in 2012. Cyclist casualties rose 12%, while motorcyclist casualties were up 4%. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Road Safety Week, coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, is the UK’s leading event to promote safer road use. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

This year Road Safety Week focuses on preventing tragic collisions caused by driver distraction, such as mobile phone use, and will be supported by a week of increased police enforcement coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Alongside Brake, Mark Tami MP is pressing the Government to focus on road safety and make the issue a national priority. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Mark Tami MP, said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“A driver who is distracted behind the wheel is more likely to be involved in an accident and sadly this can have tragic consequences. I am supporting this campaign by Brake for drivers to ‘tune into road safety’ as I hope that this campaign will help towards making the roads in Alyn & Deeside and across the UK safer.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Richard Burden MP, Labour’s Shadow Roads Minister said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“After years of relentless pressure to improve safety on our roads, recent increases in cyclist and motorcyclist casualties are concerning. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Roads are shared spaces and road safety is everyone’s responsibility. But strong leadership by government is absolutely crucial to focus minds and attention on the issue. Unfortunately since 2010, Ministers have axed targets to reduce deaths and serious injuries and cut front line policing vital for safety enforcement. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

As more people want to travel by bike, and tragic collisions involving cyclists continue to hit the headlines, Ministers must show stronger leadership on safety.  The Government need to rethink their approach to roads and make sure this shared space is safe for all.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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