FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester will be out and
about on Friday July 22, spreading the message about safer driving
to coincide with National Road Safety Day.
The two key messages; 'Only a fool breaks the two second rule'
and 'keep your distance, watch your speed' will be the topic of
conversation as fire crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Service (GMFRS) join forces with safety advocates. Drivers will be
asked to spare a few minutes to chat to them about how they can
stay safe on our roads.
The main location will be Birch Services on the M62, where a day
of action will take place led by GMFRS in partnership with Greater
Manchester Police (GMP) Road Traffic Unit, GMP Crime Reduction
Section and Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Road Safety
Unit. GMFRS have also organised similar activity in other
boroughs across Greater Manchester including 'seatbelt stop
operations' in conjunction with GMP.
President of the Chief Fire Officers' Association (CFOA) Peter
Holland said: "22,660 people were reported killed or seriously
injured in 2010 on the UK roads. CFOA has co-ordinated this
National Road Safety Day on July 22 to raise awareness of two
key safety messages around speed and keeping a safe distance from
other road users.
"Far too often our fire crews are called out to appalling road
traffic collisions which are harrowing both for members of the
public involved, as well as our firefighters. We want to work with
the public to do our best to reduce the numbers of these
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority Cllr
Fred Walker said: "In 2010 we had 53 deaths on our roads in
Greater Manchester and almost 5,400 injuries - we also attended 748
serious incidents where our assistance was required to extricate
occupants from vehicles.
"Fatalities have fallen in recent years as a result of extensive
work with partners, but still too many people are dying on our
roads. Already this year there has been 42 fatalities
resulting from road traffic collisions in the Greater Manchester
area. Our message to motorists will be clear and
uncompromising - keep your distance and reduce your
Chief Inspector Rachel Buckle of GMP said: "The impact on the
victim, their family and the drivers of vehicles involved in
serious or fatal road traffic collisions should not be
"The risk of collisions taking place can be reduced by making
sure your vehicle is well maintained, taking care and paying
attention to the road and other motorists at all times, as well as
ensuring that you do not drive when tired or having consumed
alcohol or drugs."