Road safety

Drink drive warning

The Safer Roads Partnership and West Mercia Police are today warning people of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs during this summer.

With the summer months and warmer weather approaching drink and drug drive offences typically increase and to combat this, enforcement of these offences over the summer will be a key priority for West Mercia Police. Roadside checks will be carried out at all times of the day and night and on all types of road and drivers will be automatically tested if a collision occurs.

Bid to cut young road deaths in Shropshire

A driver training scheme aimed at saving the lives of young Shropshire drivers is being re-launched by county firefighters.

Advanced driver training techniques aim to equip young motorists with the skills to avoid a crash and stay safe on our roads.

Young drivers aged from 17 to 25– the age group involved in most accidents – can go on the driver training scheme run jointly by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Shropshire Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Avoid a tragic Christmas – don’t drink and drive

Shropshire’s fire chief has appealed to all drivers to take care on the roads this Christmas to avoid a potential tragedy.

Tragic deaths at this time of the year were “so poignant,” Paul Raymond told road safety advocates at Shropshire Council’s “don’t drink and drive” campaign launched at Shrewsbury FC.

The county’s Chief Fire Officer, who is responsible for road safety for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, is also president of the Shropshire branch of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. He was lending his voice to the annual appeal to county drivers.

Drive Drink free this Christmas

The Safer Roads Partnership are today warning people of the dangers of drink driving during the festive period. With the season of festivities now underway the Partnership, together with partner agencies, will be raising awareness of the consequences of drinking and driving.

Drive safely during cold snap

The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is urging road users to take extra care when out on the roads during the cold snap and to follow its advice about driving through ice and snow. Temperatures are set to remain bitterly cold this week and with more snow showers forecast it is essential that drivers exercise caution while out on the roads.

Young Driver Improvement Scheme is a success

A scheme to turn novice young drivers into advanced motorists in Shropshire in a bid to cut road deaths has proved a success, said the Chief Fire Officer, who is responsible for road safety for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Paul Raymond, who is President of the county branch of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, praised the innovative scheme which has seen 30 young drivers aged between 17 and 25 take up the offer for advanced driver tuition at county fire stations.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service wins top EU road safety award

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has won a top EU award for its excellent road safety work.

It was recognised as the best institution among those signing up to the European Road Safety Charter for innovative and successful schemes in the annual Excellence in Road Safety Awards run by the European Commission.

The Shropshire fire service beat nine other UK fire services to the title after all had signed up to the EU Road Safety charter.

Latest advice to motorists: watch out for ice

The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is advising motorists to watch out for ice forming on the roads as temperatures continue to plummet across West Mercia.

Adverse weather conditions are continuing to make driving conditions hazardous across the region so motorists are advised to check the local conditions before driving, be prepared and adjust their driving accordingly.


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