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National Road Safety Week

With National Road Safety Week taking place next week (19 - 25 Nov), the Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire is supporting the theme of 'Be Bike Smart'.

Organised by the national road safety charity Brake, this year's Road Safety Week is raising awareness of road safety issues for those on two wheels. The campaign is targeting both motorcyclists and cyclists and other road users with the aim of increasing general awareness and the importance of sharing the road responsibly.

In the UK last year there were 101 cyclists and 349 motorcyclists killed following collisions with 3,698 cyclists and 5,592 motorcyclists seriously injured. Last year in Warwickshire 2 cyclists and 8 motorcyclists were killed and 39 cyclists and 62 motorcyclists were seriously injured.

Various road safety initiatives are being run throughout the next few weeks, one being 'Be Safe Be Seen' cycle safety stations with local policing teams. Cyclists that are not as visible as they could be in the dark mornings and nights or cyclists with no lights will be stopped and given road safety advice, free high vis gear and lights. All road users are also being made aware of Operation Snap, the new dashcam reporting tool where evidence of dangerous driving/riding can be submitted to Warwickshire Police for appropriate action.

Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service, Warwickshire County Council and the Warwickshire Police & Crime Commissioner are all supporting the campaign.