Road safety highlighted at seminar

Jemma Thacker
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Businesses are being urged to attend a roadshow aimed at boosting road safety.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue will be staging the hard hitting show as part of National Road safety Week on Wednesday, November 20, 10am to noon.

Staff are welcome to attend the day, which will include talks explaining what can be done to stop accidents, from firefighters, police, paramedics, and Debbie Nicholson whose son was killed in a car accident.

Prevention Assistant Jemma Thacker said: “The uptake has been positive - however we still have room for more people. We have around 900 people attending, but are keen for more businesses to take up this free driving awareness course.

“This will allow companies to beat the points by educating their drivers before penalities occur, or even worse an accident.

“We focus so much on health and safety of the workplace but then send drivers out on the roads with no training other than the licence they may have had more than 20 years.”

Last year members of First buses, and Crossley Heath School attended and Royal Mail, the latter who will be attending the show at The Victoria Theatre in Halifax again this year.

Mark Fenwick who used to be operations manager at First said last year’s event was excellent. “It certainly carried the safety message over well,” he said.

“Anyone can attend who drives for a living,” said Jemma.

“Providing quality education is vital in keeping the residents, drivers and passengers of Calderdale safe.”

Anyone interested in attending can contact Jemma on jemma.thacker@westyorksfire.gov.uk or call 01422 386858.