Martin Whitfield MSP is helping to promote this year’s Road Safety Week (19 to 25 November) and its theme, ‘Let’s Talk About Speed’.
Run by road safety charity, Brake, Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest campaign on promoting and enhancing road safety.
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.
This year, Brake is aiming to stimulate a national conversation about speed – one of the biggest killers on our roads – and challenge why so many of us still consider it acceptable to break the speed limit.
The week will also promote potential solutions that we know can make roads safer for everyone, such as extending 20mph zones where appropriate.
Martin Whitfield MSP said:
“I welcome this year’s Road Safety Week and its aim of getting more people talking about speed and its consequences.
“It is heart breaking that five people die on UK roads every day and that one in four fatal crashes involve someone driving too fast.
“East Lothian has been among the pioneers of working with communities to roll out out 20mph speed limits and other areas can learn from our experience here.
“I hope the week will help to stimulate further debate and discussion on road safety and how we can collectively do more to tackle speeding and make our roads safer for everyone.”
Find out more about the campaign at www.brake.org.uk/road-safety-week.