Campaign to increase road safety in North Devon

Police and fire services will be teaming up this summer to improve the safety of North Devon’s roads.

THE EMERGENCY services are teaming up this summer to improve road safety in North Devon.

Police officers and fire fighters will be targeting routes where serious collisions have happened in the past and aiming to educate drivers to reduce anti-social driving.

Crew Manager Alan Kyle, seconded to the Safer North Devon Community Safety Partnership, said that the purpose of the initiative was to make people think about their driving.

He said: “The summer months can be a busy period for the emergency services, with more traffic on the road due to holidaymakers who don’t always know local roads very well and occasional motorcyclists enjoying the dry weather.

“We’re not out to catch people by stealth but to make people aware of potential hazards and distractions which could lead to us being called out in an emergency.”

Police will be advising drivers on issues such as speeding, seat belts, mobile phones, and vehicle roadworthiness.

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The fire service will be giving advice to holiday makers travelling to North Devon on boat, caravan and camping safely, as well as general advice on fire safety.

The fire service’s road casualty reduction educational vehicles will also be present alongside hand-held speed detection equipment.

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