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21/11/2011

UK's Road Safety Week Beings

Police officers will be out in force this week talking to people about the dangers of the roads in support to Road Safety Week, which starts on Monday.

Promoted by road safety charity Brake, Road Safety Week is about becoming more aware and helping put a stop to the fatal and serious injury collisions on our streets.

This year's theme is 'Too Young To Die'.

Chief Inspector David McLaren, Met Police Traffic Unit said: "Road safety is everyone's concern and each one of us can do something to save lives on roads and prevent further tragedies. This year's focus on young drivers is especially relevant as too many young people are killed each year on London's roads.

"I hope this year's Road Safety Week 'Too Young To Die' theme will be a timely reminder of how simple precautions can save lives."

Every day in Britain alone six young people aged 12-19 are killed or seriously hurt on foot or bicycles, and 19 young people under 25 are killed or seriously hurt in cars.

The Met's Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Traffic officers will be carrying out a range of activities across London, throughout the week, to create awareness amongst all road users. This will include work with car drivers, LGV drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Met activity will focus on creating awareness, prevention and keeping people safe but enforcement will be carried out where necessary.

The Metropolitan Police are holding different activities each day of the week.

Monday will focus on young drivers, with boroughs throughout the Met visiting young people at colleges to hand out road safety leaflets. Officers will also be stopping young drivers to create awareness around the dangers of speed and distraction and to check the roadworthiness of vehicles in preparation for winter weather conditions.

Tuesday will target LGV's with teams checking whether a vehicle has been well maintained and is fully roadworthy.

On Wednesday, the emphasis will be motorcyclist safety. Officers will be identifying speeding motorcyclists around London. They will be warning them of the dangers of speeding and where appropriate, issuing fines.

Thursday will see officers patrolling prominent pedestrian walkways throughout the MPS in an effort to stop people from crossing roads dangerously - the cause of many deaths each year.

Finally, Friday will focus on cyclists. The Traffic Cycle team will be educating cyclists of all ages to reduce serious and fatal collisions involving cyclists and HGVs, predominately when a HGV is turning left, either by changing lanes or more usually through a left turn into a minor junction.

There will also be leaflet drops and pavement cycling enforcement.

(DW)

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