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Whilst most people’s attention during 2020 has been taken up tackling the current health crisis, nonetheless it is also important that other areas of our lives that focus on keeping us all safe are not forgotten.

One of these is safety on our roads and the ongoing need to remind everyone to remember road speed safety, particularly when travelling through residential areas.

That is why we support the aims of Road Safety Week which will take place from the 16th to the 22nd of November this year.  A fantastic initiative run by road safety charity, Brake, it provides an ideal opportunity for everyone to stop and think about the consequences of excess speeding on our roads.  This year’s strapline is ‘NO NEED FOR SPEED’.

According to statistics, someone is killed on UK roads every 24 seconds and road crashes are the leading cause of death for people aged between five and 29.   Speed is a factor in many crashes and lots or organisations, including Brake, advocate that speed management is a crucial way in which we should all approach road safety considerations.  Doing so will prevent and reduce devastating incidents that cause untimely death and serious life altering injuries from happening.

Evidence clearly shows that the faster we drive the greater the risk of crashing.  A crash at 30 miles per hour has twice the energy and destructive potential of a crash that takes place at 20 miles per hour.

That is why it continues to be very important to adhere to speed limits that are clearly visible for all motorists to see, no matter the location or driving conditions.

We aim to ensure that Stanton Cross grows into a vibrant residential-led district, but most of all a safe location for those who live, work, and visit here.  Considerate driving and slower traffic speeds will make a real contribution and provide the right environment as we collectively build a welcoming, healthier, and happier community.

‘NO NEED FOR SPEED’ is a message we should all take on board so that reduced car speeds can enable more people in Stanton Cross and beyond to make safe and healthy journeys by car, on foot or by bike.

There are some great educational tools available to help promote road safety awareness, including an online interactive game that covers stopping distances.  You can find the game and more details about Road Safety Week at: www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk.

Road Safety Week runs from 16th to 22nd November