Residents of Worcestershire are being given the opportunity to become better drivers and help improve the county’s roads as part of the second phase of a road safety campaign.
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and Worcestershire County Council are coming together for the next part of the ‘Roads Focus’ campaign – which, this time round, will be held across two weeks with the theme of ‘winter driving’.
During the campaign, which kicks off on 18th November to coincide with the National Road Safety Week, more drop-in sessions will be held at locations across Worcestershire. These sessions will enable people to put comments, concerns and questions about road safety issues to the PCC, Worcestershire County Council, the Safer Roads Partnership and local policing teams. For those who can’t attend the drop-in sessions, a ‘Facebook Live’ Q&A will be held to address road-related questions and concerns.
Across the two weeks there will also be two free driver awareness sessions, held in partnership with national driver-education providers TTC, that will test drivers on their Highway Code knowledge and cover off speeds, road signs and hazard perception. Those attending will also benefit from a 20% discount on dashcams.
Alongside that, being offered for the first time, is hands-on driver training that will allow people to improve their skills when it comes to over and under steering, emergency braking techniques and improving overall confidence. To encourage more people to take up this great opportunity, the PCC is funding 50% of the cost for the three hour course.
Details of the various sessions taking place across the two weeks are as follows:
Monday 18th November – 4pm until 6pm – Drop-in session, The Civic Hall, Martins Way, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 8UJ
Tuesday 19th November – 4pm until 6pm – Drop-in session, Lyppard Hub, Ankerage Green, Worcester, WR4 0DZ
Tuesday 19th November – 6pm until 8pm – Driver awareness session, Lyppard Hub, Ankerage Green, Worcester, WR4 0DZ
Wednesday 20th November – 9am until 12.30pm – Driver training session, Long Lane, Throckmorton, WR10 2JH
Wednesday 20th November – 1pm until 4.30pm – Driver training session, Long Lane, Throckmorton, WR10 2JH
Thursday 21st November – 4pm until 6pm – Drop-in session, Woodrush High School, Shawhurst Lane, Hollywood, Birmingham, B47 5JW
Friday 22nd November – 4pm until 6pm – Drop-in session, Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Rd, Malvern, WR14 3AF
Monday 25th November – 7pm until 8pm – Live Q&A session – broadcast on Facebook, details available on the West Mercia PCC account
Tuesday 26th November – 9am until 12.30pm – Driver training session, Long Lane, Throckmorton, WR10 2JH
Tuesday 26th November – 6pm until 8pm – Driver awareness session, The Hive, University of Worcester, Sawmill Close, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD
Wednesday 27th November – 4pm until 6pm – Drop-in session, The Bell pub, 1286 Evesham Rd, Astwood Bank, Redditch, B96 6AX
Thursday 28th November – 1pm until 4.30pm – Driver training session, Long Lane, Throckmorton, WR10 2JH
Friday 29th November – 5pm until 7pm – Drop-in session, Parish Council Offices, 5 Russell Square, Broadway, WR12 7AP
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “As we work together to improve the roads and increase enforcement where possible, it is only right that we do the same with education.
“Once again we want to hear from people and look to address concerns that are raised, but I am pleased to be offering people the opportunity to not only improve their knowledge but their driving skills too.”
Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Councillor Alan Amos, said: “Last year’s Roads Focus campaign was an excellent opportunity for us to visit communities, hear their views about road safety, and to take meaningful action to alleviate any concerns.
“I am looking forward to joining the Police and Crime Commissioner once again to meet residents across the county, and we encourage members of the public to come along to help us make roads safer for everyone in Worcestershire.”
Issued on: Wednesday 16 October 2019