Drivers – don’t become a casualty

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Drivers - don't become a casualty

Motorists in Peterborough are being urged not to become a road casualty this winter.

The East of England Ambulance Service has issued advice on how drivers can stay safe.

It comes after a big rise in incidents over the past two years.

Last winter, ambulance service staff attended 6,051 road traffic incidents across the East, compared to 5,861 between November 2013 and February 2014 and 5,563 the year before.

EEAST has issued six pieces of advice as part of national Road Safety Week, which runs until November 29th and organised by charity Brake.

  1. Stick to the speed limits and drive to the road conditions.
  2. Leave an appropriate distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead.
  3. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination, particularly in icy conditions.
  4. Avoid distractions to maintain your full concentration whilst driving in winter conditions.
  5. Never drink and drive and make plans in advance to get home if you are out partying this winter
  6. Wear hi-visibility clothing and use lights if you are walking or cycling in the dark.

For more information about Road Safety Week, click HERE

For more information about EEAST s Wise Up For Winter campaign, click HERE

County breakdown of the number of road traffic collisions attended by EEAST between November 2014 and February 2015 (compared with the previous winter):
Bedfordshire – 702 (606)
Cambridgeshire – 875 (911)
Essex – 1,724 (1,672)
Hertfordshire – 1,087 (1,056)
Norfolk – 979 (969)
Suffolk  684 (647)

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