Speed down to save lives this winter

Date: 20 November 2017

Time: 16:00

Ambulance and officer vehicles at RTC

The region’s ambulance service is calling on motorists to speed down to save lives this winter.

Drivers are being urged to take extra care as the days get shorter and colder over the coming weeks.

Staff from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) attended 5,081 road traffic collisions last winter, compared with 5,654 the previous year - a decrease of 10 per cent.

The Trust is backing road safety week, which is run by charity Brake, and runs until 26th November encouraging everyone to ‘Speed Down Save Lives’.

Road users are being urged to take the following advice this winter:

  • stick to the speed limits and drive to the road conditions
  • leave an appropriate distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead
  • give yourself extra time to get to your destination, particularly in icy conditions
  • avoid distractions to maintain your full concentration whilst driving in winter conditions
  • never drink and drive and make plans in advance to get home if you are out partying this winter
  • wear hi-visibility clothing and use lights if you are walking or cycling in the dark

For more information about Road Safety Week, visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk

County breakdown of the number of road traffic collisions attended by EEAST between November 2016 and February 2017 (compared with the previous winter):
Bedfordshire – 605 (654)
Cambridgeshire – 791 (846)
Essex – 1,382 (1,579)
Hertfordshire – 864 (996)
Norfolk – 817 (922)
Suffolk – 622 (657)

  • Summary:

    The region’s ambulance service is calling on motorists to speed down to save lives this winter.