Today I attended a parliamentary reception to support Brake – the road safety charity in their latest campaign.
To mark Road Safety Week Brake were asking MPs to take the pledge to support them in making our streets safer for everyone who uses them. The pledge calls for people to drive less and, if they do drive, to do everything they can to protect themselves and the people around them.
Brake are asking people to sign up to the following pledges:
Drivers – I’ll stay under limits, and slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops to protect others. I’ll slow right down for bends, brows and bad weather, and avoid overtaking.
Everyone – I’ll speak out for slowing down and help drivers understand that the slower they drive, the more chance they have of avoiding a crash and saving a life.
Drivers – I’ll never drive after drinking any alcohol or drugs – not a drop, not a drag.
Everyone – I’ll plan ahead to make sure I, and anyone I’m with, can get home safely and I’ll never get a lift with drink/drug drivers. I’ll speak out if someone’s about to drive on drink or drugs.
Drivers – I’ll make sure everyone in my vehicle is belted up on every journey, and kids smaller than 150cm are in a proper child restraint. I’ll choose the safest vehicle I can and ensure it’s maintained.
Everyone – I’ll belt up on every journey, and make sure friends and family do too.
Drivers – I’ll never take or make calls, read or type when driving. I’ll put communication devices out of reach, and stay focused.
Everyone – I’ll never chat on the phone to someone else who’s driving.
Drivers – I’ll stay focussed on safe driving. I’ll take regular breaks and never drive if I’m tired, stressed or on medication that affects driving. I’ll get my eyes tested every two years and wear glasses or lenses at the wheel if I need them.
Everyone – I’ll look out for friends and loved ones by ensuring they only drive if they’re fit for it, and rest if they’re tired.
Everyone – I’ll minimise the amount I drive, or not drive at all. I’ll get about by walking, cycling or public transport as much as I can, for road safety, the environment and my health.
We must ensure that roads in Delyn are kept safe, and where we can improve the safety of our roads. This is particularly important for rural communities like ours where weather conditions can make driving more dangerous. Plus more people need to drive to get from A to B meaning that our rural roads can become busy at peak times.
I hope that drivers and other road users will take note of the campaign by Brake. It is designed to make people think about what the dangers are whilst driving and how to mitigate them.
So please all make sure that you drive carefully, respect fellow road users and follow the Brake pledges.