Final push for Summer safety

Community safety officers targeted holidaymakers and day trippers last weekend in the final leg of their summer safe driving campaign.

Together with road safety group, 95 Alive, they spent time at Leeming Bar services on the A1 over the bank holiday.

Members of the Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership spoke to services users about the most common causes of accidents including drink driving, speeding, using mobile phones while driving, checking child car seats and the importance of wearing seatbelts.

“We all know how important it is to get a few simple messages across and if people take them on board we will save lives,” said North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager David Pitt from Richmond.

“These action days are great opportunities for the public and community safety partners to take part in an activity which helps both sides learn more about road safety issues in their community.”

He said a large proportion of all drink drive crashes happen within three miles of the start of the journey.

And, he said, many child car seats are simply incorrectly fitted.

“People must use the right car seat until children reach 135 centimetres in height or the age of 12 and the type of seat depends on their weight. “Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, that the seat is placed tightly in the adult seat and the seat belt passes through all the correct slots.

“Ensure the adult seat belt buckle isn’t bent over or resting on the frame of your child’s seat

“And don’t change the adult seat belt or the child’s seat to make it fit.”