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Warnings as dozens killed and injured on West Yorkshire’s roads

Stark new figures released as part of Road Safety Week 2019 show there has been 49 people killed on West Yorkshire’s roads so far this year. In addition to this 3,280 were injured, according to the statistics which look at the first forty-five weeks of 2019.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is using the week to remind people of the so-called ‘fatal four’ offences, which are speeding, drink/drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone at the wheel. Firefighters attend road traffic collisions to rescue people who are trapped in their vehicles. So far in 2019 firefighters have attended 573 road traffic collisions in West Yorkshire.

To spread a safe driving message to young people, WYFRS is once again hosting a road safety roadshow at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, with hundreds of young people due to attend.

This is the seventh year for the roadshow, which is held on Thursday 21st November, in support of Road Safety Week. It’s aimed at 15 and 16 year olds who may be learning to drive in the near future. Emergency service representatives from the fire service, police and ambulance service will give a talk on road safety, along with the moving experiences of a father of a child who died in a road traffic collision and the Vicar of Halifax, Reverend Canon Hilary Barber.

Organiser, District Prevention Manager Karina Gonzalez said: “We’re really looking forward to hosting the road safety awareness show in Halifax again. Over the past seven years we’ve had a really great response and interaction from young people – and so want to continue spreading that message.

“Young people can be some of our most vulnerable road users, as they learn to drive, or are passengers when out with their friends. We want to teach them that driving is a great life skill, but it needs to be treated with the respect it deserves. We want to educate them about the main dangers people can face on the road, in an age appropriate and honest way.”

In addition to the roadshow, fire crews will have demonstrated the equipment used at road traffic collisions today (Monday 18th November) at Horsforth School in Leeds.

This was delivered alongside a bereaved mother who spoke about her experience of losing her son in a road traffic collision. The event was organised by road safety charity Brake.

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Note to editors: The figures listed are for January 2019 until November 11th 2019 and provided by West Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.