Warning for motorists to stay safe on the road

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EMERGENCY services are calling on Doncaster’s drivers to make the county’s roads collision free to mark a major national awareness day.

Fire, police and other authorities will be spelling out driving dangers at dozens of events across the county on Friday for National Road Safety Day.

A range of road safety events and demonstrations will be taking place with events being held at Aldi supermarkets in Barnsley Road and York Road and at the Moto services at Junction 5 of the M18.

Firefighters will talk to crowds how they rescue the victims of serious road smashes and police officers will be underlining the dangers of speeding.

Delroy Galloway, of the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It’s a big ask to aim for a collision free day on South Yorkshire’s roads - but by using this national awareness event to speak to drivers about the most common causes of serious collisions, we truly believe we can reduce the number of incidents, injuries and deaths on our county’s roads.

“Safe driving is mostly common sense. So, we’re asking people drive at the appropriate speed, leave a decent gap between you and the vehicle in front and never, ever drink and drive. Not just on this day, but every day.”

Pc Bruce Yacomeni, of the South Yorkshire Police, said: “Across South Yorkshire all members of the Safer Roads Partnership work together in a co-ordinated manner to reduce the number of people that are killed and seriously injured on the roads of the county, supporting the Chief Fire Officers Association on their day of action is just one example of this.

“As an officer dealing with incidents on the roads I know that just one moment of inattention as a driver, motorcyclist or pedestrian can lead to life changing circumstances. Our aim is to make South Yorkshire roads safer and I urge members of the public to think about their actions, road safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

For a full list of events in your area visit www.syfire.gov.uk or follow @safer_roads on Twitter.