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Week of events helps road safety

Organisations joined forces to provide a week of fun activities and events aimed at keeping people safe on the roads.

The road safety week took place in Calderdale at the end of November thanks to Calderdale Council, the emergency services, the NHS, highways agency, the West Yorkshire Safer Camera Partnership, local businesses and schools and voluntary road safety groups.

The week started with an emergency services road safety demonstration day in The Piece Hall. The event included fun events for all the family, but with a serious message.

A service of remembrance was also held at Halifax Minster. The Oak Leaf Service involved members of the congregation writing names of loved ones who had lost their lives on the roads onto paper oak leaves. The leaves were placed on the alter during the service, which was attended by members of the council and emergency services.

Other events during the week focused on subjects such as wearing seatbelts, not using mobile phones when driving, wearing bright clothes when riding a bike and driving at the right speed.

The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service ran a road safety theatre performance for school students in Halifax Playhouse and organised a Safe and Sound road safety poster competition with secondary schools.

David Short, Calderdale’s road safety projects officer and coordinator of the week of events, said: “As a community we can all do something positive to make the roads safer by sharing space safely.”

Katie Shepherd, general manager for Brake, said: “It is vital to educate not only children but all ages when it comes to road safety, so we are delighted that Calderdale Council coordinated such a full and information packed program for the week. After all, road safety awareness is a community issue that can be solved by communities.”

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