Leeds district supports Road Safety Week

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Leeds district are supporting the national Road Safety Week awareness campaign, led by charity Brake (between November 23 and 29).

Whilst road traffic collisions (RTCs) figures are down across Leeds over the last five years, it still has the highest number of crashes out of the five districts covered by WYFRS.

This can be attributed to its urban geography with its dense population as well as commuters coming daily in and out of Leeds city centre – a commercial hub that is home to universities.

Firefighters have attended 1,141 road traffic collisions in Leeds district in the period just short of the last five years (see figures below).

These have resulted in 814 people going to hospital with injuries and sadly 33 deaths.

Lisa Toner, District Prevention Manager for Leeds, said: “This year Brake’s Road Safety Week theme is ‘Drive Less, Live More’.

“West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service want the community to be safe on the roads.  By driving less it can make a difference to your health and wallet.

“Take extra care when on the roads, be it as a vehicle user, pedestrian or cyclist. Think of others and be extra vigilant during the winter months in severe weather conditions which can hamper visibility.”

On Saturday, November 28, Wetherby fire station crews will be at Morrisons, in Walton Road, Wetherby, between 10am and 2pm, giving road safety advice alongside partners from West Yorkshire Police and Local Authority Safer Roads group.

Top tips for road safety this winter

  • Slow down and check your stopping distance as severe weather can reduce visibility and make driving more hazardous.
  • Always keep a two second gap between you and the car in front.
  • Keep your speed down during winter months, when tyres are wet they have far less grip than when dry.
  • An ice scraper, de-icer, torch, first-aid kit and blankets can be critical tools during the winter period.
  • Fatigue reduces reaction times, so if you are tired take a break.
  • If you’ve had an alcoholic drink, get a taxi or bus home.
  • Distractions devastate, never use your mobile phone whilst driving.
  • Remember, Seatbelts Save Lives so always wear your seatbelt and ask passengers to do the same.

For more information on Road Safety Week visit www.westyorksfire.gov.uk or Brake’s website http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service stats for road traffic collisions (RTCs) in the Leeds district by calendar year. Please note that 2015 is only to the end of September.

RTCs 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Leeds district 296 241 232 210 162

 

Fatalities

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Leeds district 9 5 9 7 3

 

Injuries requiring hospital 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Leeds district 188 163 178 152 133
Injuries not requiring hospital 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Leeds district 26 29 32 28 12