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23 September 2013

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

Firefighters across the country will be taking strike action on Wednesday 25 September between 1200hrs and 1600hrs over a pensions’ dispute with government. Although the Service will still be providing a level of service, it will be greatly reduced to what is normally available.

Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service Richard Hannigan said: “It is not just keeping safe from fire that needs to be on people minds. Being safe on the roads is just as important. Last year we attended more road traffic collisions than house fires. In this time of industrial action I urge people to take extra care”.

“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,” CFO Hannigan 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 whilst driving, pull over and stop
• Don’t drive when you are tired
• Think bike – look out for cyclist 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,” CFO Hannigan said.
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