Wiltshire Police stepping up for safe streets this Road Safety Week

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Wiltshire Police is taking part in the UK's biggest road safety event, Road Safety Week (18-24 November) coordinated by the charity Brake.

As part of the week, we will be talking to the public about how to stay safe on our roads.

Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road. Each of these tragedies has a devastating effect on families and local communities.

This year's Road Safety Week theme is 'step up for safe streets' and we are focusing on the key topics that can prevent these tragedies and help make local roads safer. These include wearing your seat belt, not being distracted whilst driving, keeping within the speed limits and not drink or drug driving.

Charity Brake also encourages leaving your car at home and choosing to walk or cycle instead, helping reduce overall traffic, improve fitness whilst also improving air quality.

Roads across Wiltshire have been particularly treacherous recently and we've had several abnormal loads to assist in navigating their way through our county. The communities support is really appreciated.

Our Driver Training Unit train our officers to the highest standards to ensure all our roads are kept as safe as possible.

Bob ward, Driver Training Manager, said "We ensure our training packages comply with the high standards set by the College Of Policing in order to put the right people in the right place with the right skills. 

"Wiltshire Driver Training Unit provide driver and rider training at all levels to enable officers to meet the increasing demands of modern policing. 

"A rural force relies heavily on its ability to deploy officers in a variety of vehicles to incidents or emergencies over a wide area. 

"Whether it's to transport officers to a major incident, respond to the scene of a crime or deal with a pursuit, staff or officers must have the ability to use the fleet of vehicles to keep the public safe."

Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Angus Macpherson said: "It is great to see the Force supporting such an important initiative. The safety of our roads is something that impacts everyone in our communities and we all need to play our part to help.

"I was out with the under 17s driving school at Castle Combe recently and it was really encouraging to see students being taught excellent driving skills from an early age.

"It's important we all remember the basics of keeping our vehicles road-worthy, being fit-to-drive and adhering to simple safety guidelines."