Road safety

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.

Motorists urged to take on winter weather warning advice

Despite warnings last week of the onset of snow and ice causing challenging road conditions in places, West Mercia Police have still seen a number of road traffic collisions over the weekend that have been attributed to the bad weather. With freezing fog, heavy frosts and icy conditions still forecast over the coming week, the Partnership and West Mercia Police wish to remind people to exercise caution when travelling on affected routes throughout the region.

Take a few minutes to pack an ‘Emergency Kit’

With temperatures due to plummet even further and snow forecast over the weekend, it is even more important for motorists to be prepared to deal with the challenges of travelling in bad weather conditions. The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is advising motorists to take a few moments to pack an ‘Emergency Kit’ in their car in case of roadside breakdown or delay.

Almost 200 emergency calls for fire service in December

The Christmas holiday has been a busy time for staff at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Permanently on call at the county’s 23 fire stations, they have dealt with a total of 193 calls since the beginning of December, reported Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Redmond.

Fire crews were involved in a number of severe incidents including:


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