North East emergency services join forces for National Road Safety Week

Police, firefighters and ambulance service crews are working together on a road safety awareness week.
Police, firefighters and ambulance service crews are working together on a road safety awareness week.
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Police officers, fire crews and paramedics will be educating the public on the importance of safe driving.

National Road Safety Awareness Week starts today, and officers will be issuing different advice all week to ensure North East motorists don't put themselves at risk on the roads.

Visits will take place in schools, community centres and military bases across the region. It is hoped that the week of action, organised by road safety charity Brake, will protect vulnerable road users, save money and protect the environment.

Chief Inspector John Heckels, head of Motor Patrols and the Op Dragoon team at Northumbria Police, said: "We are delighted to help launch the campaign and we will continue to work together with organisations such as Brake to try and make a difference on our roads, such as raising awareness of dangerous driving.

"Operation Dragoon will continue to target dangerous drivers and do all they can to educate the people of the North East about how to stay safe on our roads and look after the most vulnerable road users.

"Whether road users are vulnerable because they are on foot or on bike or because of their age and lack of road experience, we are doing all we can to make sure we reduce the amount of crashes in our region."

Activities taking place throughout the week will include a session on motorcycle safety with the Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists and a child car safety seat clinic at the community centre in Longhoughton, which is happening today.

During the sessions officers from the Op Dragoon team will talk about car safety, awareness on vehicle blind spots, winter vehicle checks and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Police and all of the partners involved will also team up with military staff at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland to identify ways to keep their 650 staff and their family members safe on the roads.

Dave Jefferson, Group Manager for Prevention and Education at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "It is often the role of firefighters to release seriously injured people from vehicles after road traffic collisions and this task is made even more distressing when the injured people are young.

"We are joining forces with Northumbria Police, of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, North East Ambulance Service and other partners to drive down road traffic accidents and help drivers and passengers to stay as safe as possible on our roads."

Simon Swallow, Strategic Head of Emergency Care, Operations and Resilience at North East Ambulance Service, said that emergency care workers work hard to protect life and added: "Anything we can do to remind people about the dangers of our roads and the impact of such accidents will hopefully help to keep them safe."

If you want to report a dangerous driver contact the Op Dragoon team by calling 101.