Road safety

Surface floods and driving advice for motorists

With the recent heavy rain, motorists across West Mercia are being warned about the dangers of attempting to drive through standing water. Some areas throughout the region are suffering from localised flooding following persistent rain overnight and the Met Office is still advising people within the Midlands area to ‘be prepared’ with further rainfall falling throughout today.

Planning ahead for summer motorists

With holidays fast approaching and schools breaking up for the summer break later this month, the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is reminding motorists in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire to be prepared for any long journeys ahead.

The Partnership is urging drivers to plan ahead and prepare their vehicle ready for the summer break. The weather may not seem like summer so far, but the school summer holidays normally mark the start of the great British getaway where families make longer trips to holiday in this country or take their vehicle abroad.

Bikers: Don’t miss out this weekend!

Bikers across Shropshire and beyond are reminded that this Sunday (24th June) is Shropshire BikeFest, an exciting new biking event being held at the Meole Brace Park and Ride, Shrewsbury – which is totally free to attend! The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia has joined up with West Mercia Police, the Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists, RoSPA, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and Shropshire Council to organise the event which will kick off at 10.00am this Sunday.

New speed enforcement site on A458 Ford

The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is launching a new mobile speed enforcement site on the A458 in Ford, Shropshire, following concerns raised by the local community about the speeds of drivers along the 40mph road.

The new site, which launches at the end of the month, forms part of the Safer Roads Partnership’s Community Concern programme, which responds to community requests for speed enforcement. Local residents have raised concern and asked for action to be taken to address the situation and improve the safety of the road.

Floods and Driving advice for motorists

With the recent heavy rain and localised flooding, motorists across West Mercia are being warned about the dangers of attempting to drive through flood water. The Environment Agency still has a number of Flood Warnings in place covering areas within West Mercia, together with a number of flood alerts indicating a chance of localised flooding.

Ride for Life 2012

The Shropshire Motorcycle Road Safety Group, of which Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is a partner, attended the Ride 4 Life event at the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford on Sunday April 1st.

Almost 1,000 bikers from across the Midlands took part in the Bike 4 Life Easter Egg Run in aid of two local charities. Raising money for the Midlands Air Ambulance and Royal Air Force Museum, bikers traveled en- mass from Shrewsbury Meole Brace car park and rode along the M54 to Cosford. The day was a huge success which raised over £5,000 for charity.

Partnership urges motorists to ‘Belt up’

Some motorists can probably remember those memorable adverts; ‘clunk-click with every trip’ in the 1970’s encouraging people to wear their seatbelts. It has been the law for drivers and front seat passengers to wear their seat belts since 1983, with rear passenger under 14 being required to wear them by law since 1989 and adult rear passengers since 1991.


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