MOTORISTS are being urged to take extra care on Staffordshire’s roads during strike action by the Fire Brigades Union next week.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging drivers to increase their own safety and the safety of others by following a few simple steps.
The Service is encouraging motorists to reduce their speed, not to use their mobile phone while driving, to always wear a seatbelt, never to drink and drive and to consider the dangers of being over the limit the morning after, to watch out for cyclists and pedestrians and not to drive when tired.
The call follows the Fire Brigades Union’s announcement that members will take industrial action from midday to 4pm on Wednesday, September 25.
The national strike is over proposed Government changes to pensions.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has sent safety advice posters to public venues across the county including GP surgeries, community centres and libraries.
Glynn Luznyj, Head of Risk Reduction at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “In order to keep disruption to a minimum, the Service has a robust contingency plan in place for when the strike is held.
"However, it will not be business as usual which is why it is vital that motorists are extra vigilant when they are on Staffordshire’s roads.
“I would urge people to put a brake on their speed – driving too fast is a major factor in fatal road traffic collisions. Using a mobile phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle is also highly dangreous.
"Statistics show that you are four times more likely to crash, injuring or killing yourself or other people, if you use a mobile phone while on the move.
“In addition, you are twice as likely to die if you are involved in a collision if you don’t buckle up and almost 20 per cent of accidents on major roads are sleep-related.
“Motorists also need to be aware that it is illegal to drink alcohol and then drive and that you could still be over the limit the morning after having a drink.
"I would urge drivers to keep an eye open for some of the more vulnerable road users including cyclists and pedestrians.”
More safety information is available on the Service’s website: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk
To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999.
You can also book online at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp.
For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.
In an emergency dial 999.