Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) hosted an event at Cheshire College – South & West’s Crewe Campus today to increase awareness during Road Safety Week.
Taking place between the 14th and 20th November 2022, Road Safety Week is the biggest road safety campaign from the road safety charity, Brake. An annual event, Road Safety Week sees thousands of schools, organisations and communities across the UK come together to share important road safety messages, remember people affected by road death and injury and campaign for safe roads for everyone.
The theme of Road Safety Week 2022 is ‘Safe Roads for All’, with the aim to educate and inform communities of everyone’s right to make safe and healthy journeys on safe roads.
Providing interactive ways for students to learn more, the event at Cheshire College was led by eleven of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service very own Apprentices and provided examples of poor driving decisions, and its impact, through a Virtual Reality experience with state-of-the-art headsets and live demonstrations of the new highway code with bespoke fire service vehicles.
Head of the Road Safety Team at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS), Ryan Swindell, said: “Students utilise a variety of methods to get to and from Campus including bikes and cars every day. These two particular forms of transportation sadly accounted for 53% of all killed and seriously injured in 2020 on Cheshire’s roads.
“We hope by running this event today we can educate students, cyclist and car users of how to be respectful of other road users and how to be safe whilst on the road across Cheshire.”
Assistant Principal of Learner Services at Cheshire College, Nimisha Mistry-Miah, added: “Today was a brilliant opportunity for our students to gain further knowledge about the highway code and remain prepared when travelling alone or with family and friends.
“We’re grateful to have a strong relationship with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service who not only save lives every day but work hard to educate us all in how we can be that bit safer.”
For more information about the campaign and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.brake.org.uk/road-safety-week.