“SLOW down” is the message from Torridge District Council as it marks

National Road Safety Week, an annual event organised by road safety charity Brake to stimulate community involvement in promoting road safety awareness.

The council’s lead member for children, Councillor Caroline Church, said: “Traffic is one of the biggest causes of death, injury and maiming of children. It’s also one of the ways that children are most likely to be suddenly and violently bereaved, losing a brother, sister, parent, relative or school friend. Slowing down is the most important thing that drivers can do in towns, villages and around schools as the slower we drive, the more chance we have to react to the unexpected. The message is simple – slow down!”

According to Brake, statistics show that those who drive above speed limits, or too fast for the road and the people using it, are one of the biggest causes of deaths and injuries of children. In the UK, someone is killed by a driver who is speeding or travelling too fast for conditions every 15 hours.

National Road Safety Week runs from November 22 – 28. For more information go to www.roadsafetyweek.org or Brake’s helpline number for victims and carers 0845 603 8570.