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DRIVERS URGED TO TAKE EXTRA CARE ON THE ROADS

18 October 2013

Drivers in the Humberside area are being urged to take extra care on the roads on Saturday when there will not be as many firefighters available to attend road traffic collisions.

Between 18.30hrs and 23.30hrs on Saturday 19 October Fire Brigade’s Union members will be taking strike action for a second time in a dispute with Government over pensions. Although the Service will still be providing a level of service, it will be greatly reduced to what is normally available.

Dene Sanders Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It is not just keeping safe from fire that needs to be on people minds, being safe on the roads it just as important. As the wintery weather draws in, the roads become much more dangerous, particularly with the recent down pours of rain. By take extra care unnecessary accidents can be prevented.

“Road accidents often happen when people get distracted. While we have fewer resources available, I urge people to think about their safety on the roads as well as the safety of others,” DCFO Sanders added.

There are numerous reasons why road traffic collisions can happen and there are simple steps people can take to reduce the risks:

•Reduce your speed, don’t exceed the limit•Always wear a seat belt•Take care when overtaking, if in doubt don’t pull out•Never use a mobile phone whilst driving, pull over and stop•Don’t drive when you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs (check the side effects of prescription drugs before driving)•Think bike – look out for cyclists and bikers•Take extra care in adverse weather conditions

“The safety of those in our community remains a priority throughout periods of industrial action, but I urge drivers to play their part. These tips may seem obvious but by adhering to them it will reduce the risk of an accident happening and keep our roads safer,” DCFO Sanders said.