‘Look out for each other’
 is road safety week theme

The Bikeability taster day at Eastbourne Sports Park SUS-140608-172844001
The Bikeability taster day at Eastbourne Sports Park SUS-140608-172844001

Hundreds of young road users will be urged to stay safe as East Sussex County Council marks National Road Safety Week this week.

With the theme ‘look out for each other’, the annual event runs until Sunday, November 23 and aims to promote better awareness of the devastation caused by road crashes.

In 2013, there were 1,295 crashes on the county’s roads resulting in 1,792 casualties, 339 of whom were killed or seriously injured.

In a bid to promote better awareness, the county council’s Road Safety Team has organised events for children and young people.

Year 11 students will be invited to take part in theatre workshops to help them feel confident about speaking out if they feel unsafe while being driven by their friends.

These workshops will take place at schools including Bishop Bell, Seaford Head School and Willingdon Community School.

The county council will also be promoting Bikeability workshops to give children and young people the skills they need to cycle safely on the roads.

Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for transport and environment, said, “Road Safety Week is a great opportunity for the county council to join forces with other organisations, spread the message and keep more people safe on the county’s roads.”

• Road Safety Week is the UK’s flagship road safety event, coordinated annually by the charity Brake, and now in its 18th year. Each year it involves thousands of communities, schools, organisations and professionals across the UK running a wide range of road safety activities.

For more information about Road Safety Week, visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk