The three Welsh fire and rescue services will be taking part in a Road Safety Day on May 11 as part of the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety.

Fire officers from all three services will be working with police and local authority road safety officers around Wales to offer safety advice to drivers. At one location, drivers caught not wearing a seatbelt will be offered the chance of a safety presentation rather than the normal fine and penalty points.

The UN are launching a 'Decade of Action for Road Safety' this year, with the aim of stabilising and then reducing global road deaths by 2020. Around 1.3 million people die every year in road traffic incidents around the world.

Neil Brown, Head of Road Safety South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said:  "By setting up and taking part in days of action like that planned for May 11th, we will actively engage with members of the public and raise their awareness of the importance of driving safely, courteously towards others and correctly on our highways. It is vital that people become further educated regarding road safety issues. This includes drivers of vehicles, passengers and pedestrians.

"If we continue to highlight road safety as a priority over the next decade, we have the potential to save hundreds of lives across Wales whilst also preventing many injuries and disabilities."

Kenny McDonald, Road Traffic Collision Reduction Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Fire officers, police, and other partners will be at various locations around Wales promoting the UN decade of action, and giving advice on road safety.

 "We have made large gains in reducing road traffic incidents in the developed world, and through the 'Decade of Action on Road Safety' we are encouraging support for developing countries that will help to drive down their road deaths and injuries. Members of the public can sign a petition on the UN Decade of Action website".

Events are planned for May 11th on every continent as the Decade of Action is launched, including a presentation by Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher urging action at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.


Posted: 11.35am, 10.05.11