County’s emergency services come together for road safety event

PUBLISHED: 10:21 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:21 21 November 2017

Members of Cambridgeshire's emergency services gathered at RAF Wyton for a road safety event. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Members of Cambridgeshire's emergency services gathered at RAF Wyton for a road safety event. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Representatives from Cambridgeshire’s emergency services gathered at RAF Wyton on Monday to mark the beginning of Road Safety Week and to encourage drivers to stay safe on the district’s roads.

Members of Cambridgeshire's emergency services gathered at RAF Wyton for a road safety event. Picture: ROB HOLDING Members of Cambridgeshire's emergency services gathered at RAF Wyton for a road safety event. Picture: ROB HOLDING

Cambridgeshire’s police and crime commissioner, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Magpas Air Ambulance, Huntingdonshire District Council, Highways England, and others came together to raise awareness of the five most common factors in road traffic incidents.

They are: speeding, using a mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing a seatbelt, being under the influence whilst behind the wheel and driving too close to the car in front.

An impressive visual vehicle display took place at Wyton which saw five trucks, three trailers, three buses, a fire engine, three rapid response vehicles, cars and an air ambulance all converged in support of the event.

Thanks to support from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership, the idea was to help raise awareness by encouraging as many fleet vehicles as possible to sport a sticker which highlights the five most common factors in road traffic accidents.

Magpas Air Ambulance Dr Nathan Howes said: “Monday was an inspirational and educational example of how we can collectively reach out to members of the community and encourage companies to display these stickers on their vehicles. We want to prevent accidents and stop the next generation of drivers from dying on our roads.”

Police Constable Jon Morris, casualty reduction officer at Cambridgeshire Constabulary, added: “The safety of road users is something very close to my heart, having supported so many families over a number of years, who have suffered a tragic loss in a traffic collision.

“This initiative demonstrates how members of the community can come together, with a common objective, to reduce the number of casualties on our roads and make everyone’s journey safer.”

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