TIM DREW: How you can get involved in Road Safety Week

ROAD Safety Week, which is the UK’s biggest road safety event and co-ordinated annually by the road safety charity Brake, will run next week from the November 18 to 24.

It aims to encourage grassroots action on road safety and raise awareness about the part we can all pay in preventing tragedies and making roads safe.

Driver distraction is a major cause of death and serious injury in the UK, and the week’s core message will be to drivers to turn off their phones and never attempt to multi-task at the wheel.

While it’s illegal to use a hand-held phone to text or call at the wheel, around a third of drivers flout this law, and many others use a hands-free kit, despite both activities causing a dangerous distraction – as also does smoking or eating while driving.

But distraction isn’t just an issue for drivers.

For those on foot or travelling by bicycle, being sidetracked by your mobile, not being able to hear because you are listening to music, or forgetting to hold a child’s hand can have lethal consequences. Negotiating roads needs your full care and attention.

Road Safety Week is all about schools, organisations and communities taking action to promote road safety and help save lives.

Each year, thousands become involved and there are plenty of opportunities to take part, which can include promoting the ‘Brake Pledge’, putting up posters, running a workshop or assembly, or launching a local campaign for safer streets.

The Broadwater Neighbourhood Panel will meet on Monday between 7pm and 8pm at Broadwater Parish Centre, 117 Broadwater Street, with PCSO Graeme Foster’s surgery taking place the next day between 5.30pm and 6.30pm at East Worthing Community Centre, Pages Lane, followed by the Selden Neighbourhood Panel meeting between 6.30.m and 7.30pm.

Finally, PCSO Emma Crane (Central) will hold her surgery at the Beach Inspector’s Office, Marine Parade between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Thursday, November 21.