We’re supporting Brakes National Road Safety Week, a campaign to promote everyone’s right to safe and healthy journeys. Road Safety Week, organised by the charity Brake, aims to reduce the number of people killed or injured as a result of a collision.
The theme for 2023 is speed and members of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SYSRP) are helping to highlight the dangers of excessive and inappropriate speed.
The week of action will begin on Sunday 19 November to coincide with The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. To honour those who have lost their lives on our roads, landmarks across the UK will be illuminated in yellow light.
Cllr James Higginbottom, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Highways said: “Barnsley Council is pleased to once again be supporting National Road Safety Week and promoting the importance of driving safely.
“We are committed to working alongside our partners in the Safer Road Partnership to improve safety for all road users in Barnsley and working towards achieving our ambitious target of zero fatalities on our roads by 2050.”
The following days will feature different aspects of road safety with Wednesday 22 November focussing on schools and education. South Yorkshire’s Lifewise Centre in Rotherham will host Mayor Coppard and Active Travel Commissioner Ed Clancy as they join Barnsley primary school pupils taking part in Crucial Crew road safety scenarios.
South Yorkshire Police’s Community Safety team, based at the interactive learning facility will be delivering a wide range of road safety interventions including DriveStart (for young drivers), the Mini Police scheme, BikerDown! first aid session and Wise Up! for over 50s.
Road Safety Week is Brake's biggest road safety campaign. Every year, thousands of schools, organisations and communities get involved to share important road safety messages, remember people affected by road death and injury, and raise funds to help Brake care for more road victims and campaign for safe roads for everyone.