Road Safety Week 2012

Road Safety Week 2012

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) and the region’s Road Safety Partnership are set to join forces with schools and local authorities for Road Safety Week, the biggest road safety event of the year.

Monday 19 November marks the start of a series of activities designed to drive home the safety message, in support of the national initiative coordinated by the road safety charity ‘Brake’.

This year’s theme is ‘Slower speeds = happy people’, with Brake working to raise awareness of the need to make it safer for people to walk or cycle to work or school, or for their health and leisure. They are also calling on drivers to slow down around homes, schools and shops.

WMFS will be supporting other members of the West Midlands Road Partnership in a number of activities. Samantha Lewis, Manager of the WMFS Road Casualty Reduction Team, said: “As we move into winter, there are lots more reasons to be extra careful on the roads. We’re urging pedestrians and cyclists to wear something bright and reflective to make sure drivers can see them in the dark, and reminding drivers to clear windscreens and windows on wintry mornings.”

Fire crews and WMFS staff will be at several venues during the week, giving advice on winter driving and in-car safety, and road safety advice for pedestrians and cyclists. They will also be out and about in their local community at schools, colleges and shopping centres.

Peter Francis, Manager of the West Midlands Road Safety Partnership, added: “Road Safety Week is a great opportunity for everyone to remind themselves about key safety points. We want people to ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ and to be prepared for winter. It’s important for drivers to think about their own safety, but also that of other road users.”

Road safety tips are issued on Twitter by @WMFSRCRT, and can be found online at www.wmfs.net

WMFS Road Safety Week events:

Location

Time

Contact

Monday 19 November

Bournville College

10-12

White Watch – Northfield Fire Station

Birmingham University

11-15

White Watch - Bournbrook Fire Station

Asda, Chelmsley Wood 

12-16

White Watch – Sheldon Fire Station

TBC 

Evening

Blue Watch – Northfield Fire Station

Tuesday 20 November

Toys ‘Я’ Us, Small Heath

11.00-15.00

White Watch – Highgate and Hay Mills Fire Stations

Birmingham University

18.30-21.00

Blue Watch – Bournbrook Fire Station

St Columba’s School, Lickey Road, Rednal

14.00-16.00

White Watch – Northfield Fire Station

Morrison’s, Coventry Road, Small Heath Retail Park

12:00-16:00

White Watch – Hay Mills and Highate Fire Stations

Birmingham Metropolitan College, Aldridge Road, Great Barr

12.30-16.00

White Watch – Perry Barr Fire Station

Birmingham University

14.00-16.00

White Watch – Binley Fire Station

Wednesday 21 November

Peter’s Hill Centre

09.30-11.00

Red Watch – Stourbridge Fire Station

Lower Bushbury area, Wolverhampton

10:00-14:00

Red Watch –FallingsParkFire Station

Thursday 22  November

Lower Bushbury area, Wolverhampton

10:00 - 14:00

Red Watch –Fallings ParkFire Station

The Fort Shopping Centre, Birmingham

All day

Red Watch – Ward End and Erdington Fire Stations

Stourbridge Town Centre

09.00-11.00

Red Watch – Stourbridge Fire Station

Holy Hill School, New Street, Rubery

14.00-16.00

Red Watch –Northfield Fire Station

Friday 23 November

Tesco, Aston Lane, Aston

10.00-14.00

Green Watch – Aston Fire Station

Leamore/BlakenhallSchool

Afternoon

Green Watch – Bloxwich Fire Station

Sainsbury’s, Rookery Road, Wolverhampton

10.00-12.00 

Green Watch –Fallings ParkFire Station

Moseley Village Square

Evening

Red Watch – Billesley Fire Station

Broad Street, Birmingham

19.00-21.00 (and Sat, same times)

Orange Watch - Ladywood Station

Saturday 24 November

Asda, Chelmsley Wood

11.00-15.00

Green Watch – Bickenhill Station

 

Media note: Issued by Neil Spencer, Senior Media Relations Officer, tel 0121 380 6101. Regular updates on incidents and other WMFS activities can be found on the media voicebank, tel 0871 550 0056, and on Twitter we’re @WestMidsFire.

 

Press Release Date: 
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 09:45