Shadow Minister for Transport shows support Road Safety Week 2019

The theme for the 2019 campaign is #StepUpForSafeStreets

Russell George AM, the Shadow Minister for Transport, has welcomed the 2019 Road Safety Week, saying that ”…it is everyone’s responsibility to make the roads safer. Not just this week, but every week, and for a lifetime”.

Brake, the road safety charity, founded Road Safety Week in 1997 as an annual event to raise awareness about road safety and promote steps that everyone can take to stop deaths and injuries year-round.

Mr George said: “Road safety is everyone’s concern, and we all have a part to play in it. Some road users – for example pedestrians, children, horse riders, cyclists – are more vulnerable than others; they’re not, after all, cocooned in a metal box full of safety devices.

“But protection doesn’t equal invulnerability.”

In 2018, police forces in Wales recorded 4,215 road accidents involving personal injury, 333 fewer (7.3 percent) than in 2017. However, 103 people were killed, two more than in 2017. Some 1,028 people were seriously injured, 69 more than in 2017. There were 4,628 'slight' injuries recorded.,

The Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire said that road crashes destroy many lives each year.

“Whether it’s injury, or death, or even the effect on the family of the person who caused the accident, it is devastating, but every crash, each life taken or changed, is preventable," he said.

“So, my message to nurseries, schools, youth clubs, military bases, community campaigners, employers, sports clubs, fire officers, police services, local authorities, paramedics, driving instructors, everyone… is to visit, and learn how you can play your part in making Wales’ roads safer.”