Spotlight put on ‘fatal four’

Hartlepool Street Pastor Will Semple.
Hartlepool Street Pastor Will Semple.
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A WEEK-long programme of events will take place next week to raise awareness of safety on the roads.

Brake Road Safety Week starts on Monday and promotes road safety in the hope of preventing tragedies and making roads safer to use.

This year, officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit will visit colleges around the Force area and will carry out enforcement operations during the week to highlight the campaign.

Throughout the week officers will concentrate on the ‘Fatal Four’ of drinking and driving, seatbelts, speeding and distraction.

The ‘Fatal Four’ consists of the four most common contributing factors when looking at fatalities on roads.

On Monday, officers and colleagues from Cleveland Fire Brigade will start the week with the Learn and Live initiative at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The initiative will also be taking place at Redcar & Cleveland College, Stockton Riverside College and Middlesbrough College throughout the rest of the week.

On Tuesday, officers in both the Cleveland and Durham areas will concentrate on seatbelt enforcement and ensuring that motorists and their passengers are wearing their seatbelts, then on Wednesday speeding will come under the spotlight.

On Thursday, the project will centre around enforcement action in relation to distraction, and in particular mobile phones.

The rest of the week will see officers out on patrol, carrying out alcohol tests and drug tests on any drivers suspected of being intoxicated.

Inspector Lee Rukin, Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Brake Road Safety Week highlights the extremely important messages that we as roads policing officers find ourselves repeating to motorists every day.

“It is imperative that we take part in such campaigns in order to save lives and avoid serious road collisions wherever possible. We spend a lot of time carrying out enforcement action which focuses on the ‘Fatal Four’ but the potential to save just one life makes all of it worthwhile.”