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Met launch activity for Road Safety Week

News   •   Nov 18, 2016 13:23 GMT

The Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) will be in Trafalgar Square on Monday, 21 November for the launch of road safety charity Brake's Road Safety Week, which takes place from 21-27 November.

Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event and is coordinated by Brake to give everyone an opportunity to promote road safety in their community. It also provides a focal point for road safety professionals to boost awareness and increase engagement in their work.

On Monday, 21 November demonstrations covering the following areas will take place:

- Exchanging Places - the Met's award winning initiative, which allows people, particularly cyclists, to sit in the driver's seat of a HGV to get a better understanding of what the driver can and can't see, especially in regards to cyclists on the nearside and directly in front of their vehicle;

- Roadside drug testing - roadside drugs screening kits which are used to test for cocaine and cannabis - the two most commonly abused drugs.

- Community Roadwatch - a partnership initiative with Transport for London and City of London Police. This gives residents the opportunity to work with their local police teams to deter speeding on their roads improving road safety in local neighbourhoods and involving members of the public in issues that they feel directly affect them.

Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) activity throughout the week, including the launch event, will look to focus on the six elements of the Brake Pledge across individual themed days: Slow, Sober, Secure, Silent, Sharp and Sustainable. Policing activity will cover enforcement, engagement and education, and involve the deployment of Roads Policing Teams, STT and specialist resources.

The six elements of the pledge and the activities surrounding it are;

SLOW - Speed Enforcement and Community Roadwatch;
SOBER - Drink/Drug Driving activity;
SECURE - Seatbelt enforcement and Child Restraints;
SILENT - Mobile phone enforcement;
SHARP - Roadside eyesight testing;
SUSTAINABLE - This aspect of the pledge encompasses cycling, pedestrian safety and safer public transport. Activity will reflect this.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rickett, Roads and Transport Policing Command, said:

"The Roads and Transport Policing Command is working hard to reduce collisions and the number of people killed or seriously injured on London's roads.

"During Brake's Road Safety Week, our officers will be carrying out a week of activity and enforcement to address offences such as driving whilst using a mobile phone, travelling too fast, and drink and drug driving.

"Motorists driving whilst unlawfully on a mobile phone, travelling too fast or intoxicated are not properly in control of their vehicle and could very easily be involved in a collision.

"Every road death or serious injury is devastating for the victim's family and friends. Through education and enforcement we must remind all road users of the importance of keeping themselves and others safe when on London's roads."