#PlayYourPart to keep Kent's roads safe

25/04/2014 11:20:00

Safety messages issued in bid to cut casualty numbers

Kent Police is encouraging all road users to “play your part” in reducing the number of serious collisions on the county’s streets.

The force, along with other members of the Casualty Reduction Road Safety Forum, is reminding drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians that they are all responsible for keeping each other safe.

Slight increase

Roads Policing Unit Sergeant Hannah Brown said: ‘We have seen a slight increase in the last 12 months in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. These are worrying figures.

‘So Kent Police is continuing to work with Kent County Council, Medway Council and the Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership to ensure road safety messages are shared with cyclists, motorists and pedestrians to help prevent them from becoming part of the statistics.

‘This is not about apportioning blame. The message to all road users is simple - play your part and together we can all make our roads safer for everyone.’

The message will be reiterated on social media, with advice being tagged with the hashtag#playyourpart on Twitter and Facebook.

Random speed checks

Each month the campaign will focus on a theme, this month being speeding. April is also the time of the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) speed awareness campaign which will see police forces across Europe tackling the issue of speeding by conducting random speed checks.

Sgt Brown said: ‘Our officers take a robust approach to speeding drivers 365 days a year and are continually stepping up efforts to catch irresponsible drivers who choose to ignore speed limits. Officers will not only, as part of our day to day business, be looking out for speeding motorists, but will also be carrying out static road checks.

Play Your Part

‘Slowing down by a few miles an hour really can make a difference to everyone’s safety. You have more time to think and react, both to what you need to do and to what others do around you. The faster you are driving the quicker hazards become a problem and the harder they are to deal with.

‘When people think of speeding people picture the car flying down a motorway, it’s not all about that, it’s about speed in all situations - the busy high street, the crowded car park, the road outside the school, they all need us to slow down a little bit to take in what is around us so we can react in time.

‘Inappropriate speed can be the difference between getting home and not getting home. If the worst was to happen, instead of getting home you could find yourself in hospital, in a police cell or in a mortuary. But play your part and we can prevent tragedies from happening.’

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