Drivers are being urged to keep safe and keep to the speed limits outside schools in order to protect the children of Pembrokeshire. A new GoSafe 20mph Rule Outside Schools campaign is being backed by Pembrokeshire County Council’s road safety team and is urging drivers to wear their seatbelts and lower their speed in school areas. Partnership manager at GoSafe states that failure to stick to the speed limit could cause a serious risk to the lives of young children and, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, reducing your speed to 20mph cuts the chances of fatal injury to 2.5%. Speed enforcement vans will be circling the country over the next three weeks to monitor speeds and to promote road safety around schools. Mascot Ziggy the Zebra will join them to visit local schools and to promote a new seatbelt wearing campaign.
Drivers have a responsibility to ensure that children under 14 are wearing their seatbelt or are restrained correctly in accordance with road laws. Child restraints can reduce the severity of a potential car accident as a child under 10 years old is more likely to be killed in an accident if improper restraints or no restraints are used.
Staying under the speed limit
Speed limits are in place to help protect lives and drivers are encouraged to stay under them as often as possible. Many people drive on the speed limit which can be risky in certain road conditions, particularly in areas with many young children walking or cycling to school. There is a higher chance of causing a fatality when there are children or pedestrians around, therefore drivers should be respectful on the roads to prevent this. However, where there are good drivers, there are bad drivers and not everyone is as responsible as they should be. If you or your child has been involved in a road accident and someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to a compensation payout for the injuries sustained.
How Accident Advice Helpline can assist
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation and has been in business since the year 2000. Although we understand that money cannot take away injuries or trauma associated with a road accident, it can help pay for any costs associated with the injuries sustained. If you have been involved in an accident that was the fault of another road user, we could help you win the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown