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Scotland Firefighters Campaign To Protect Vulnerable Road Users

A new campaign has been launched by the Dumfries and Galloway Road Safety Partnership to protect vulnerable road users this summer, which has now been fully supported by firefighters in the region.

 

The aim of Be Safe – Be Seen is to equip the likes of horse riders, cyclists and children with the knowledge they need in order to stay safe while out and about, with a particular focus on horse riders who use rural roads on a regular basis.

 

Hamish McGhie, chair of the Partnership and Local Senior Officer of Dumfries and Galloway, noted that firefighters often attend road traffic collisions and see the devastation that can be wrought as a result. Prevention is key, he went on to say, which is why the fire service is backing this new campaign with all its might.

 

“Vulnerable road users such as horse riders are at greater risk when travelling on the roads network and that is something motorists should be mindful of at all times. There are, however, a number of straightforward measures that drivers can take such as reducing their speed when passing, ensure riders are given plenty of room and be prepared to stop suddenly,” Mr McGhie added.

 

Horse riders also need to be responsible for their own safety as much as is possible as well, however. Investing in high visibility jackets and other personal protection equipment would be wise, especially if you’re going to be out and about after dark. You need to ensure that you give drivers as much time as possible to see you – which is where reflective clothes really come into their own.

Written by Ad Rank One at 04/07/2017

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