Today marks the start of National Road Safety Week. The motoring charity Brake founded Road Safety Week in 1997 as an annual event to raise awareness about road safety and promote steps that everyone can take to stop needless deaths and injuries. This year’s theme is, ‘Look out for Each Other’ and we are asked to consider the impact our actions have on other road users.
When we think of dangers of the road, we usually think of other motorists’ misdemeanours rather than our own offending behaviour. It is easy to think of road safety being a problem caused by those who have no regard to the law. Approximately 143,000 speeding offences were listed in the latest government statistics. 9,930 casualties were attributed to 6,630 drink-drive accidents in 2012.
The thing is, road safety is not just about condemning anyone who drinks or speeds behind the wheel. These are the obvious extremes. There are many other seemingly acceptable habits that can cause a risk to the safety of you and other road users.