It’s Road Safety Week this week (23-29 November 2015) a national campaign organised by road safety charity Brake with support from the Department for Transport to promote safer road use.
This year, the over-riding message is to encourage people to ‘Drive less, Live more’ and to ultimately make our roads safer for everyone.
Every day in 2014, five people were killed and over 60 were seriously injured on the UK’s roads. These are shocking figures and at Novum Law, we see first-hand the devastating impact of road traffic accidents on victims and their families.
That’s why we are fully behind Road Safety Week and are committed to helping drive home the message to make our roads safer. If all of us got behind the wheel less often, there wouldn’t be so many accidents on our roads.
This year’s ‘Drive less, Live more’ campaign for Road Safety Week isn’t just about driving safely and legally. It’s about making the streets in our local communities safer and more pleasant for everyone to use and it’s about all of us doing what we can to protect ourselves, those around us and our environment.
As a nation, we are all heavily reliant on our cars to get us from A to B and back again. In fact, according to the Department for Transport, some two thirds of trips are made by car, with 40% of those trips less than two miles long.
While it isn’t realistic for us all to stop driving completely, there are things we can do to reduce our reliance on our cars.
Brake is encouraging everyone to consider how they use roads, and if they can ditch some vehicle mileage, and instead walk, cycle or use public transport as much as possible.
It has developed this handy interactive online tool to spread the ‘Drive less, Live more’ message to as many people as possible.
For more information about Road Safety Week 2015, visit http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/.