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Op Dragoon support Road Safety Week with input at local business

21 Nov 2016 13:15 PM

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Northumbria Police's Op Dragoon team are supporting Road Safety Week - by educating employees at one of the region's top businesses.

This week the road safety charity Brake is looking to encourage motorists to take extra care when they get behind the wheel and understand the consequences of not concentrating on the road.

It is hoped that by raising awareness of the consequences that come with taking the dangers of the road for granted can help reduce the number of serious and fatal collisions across the country.

Northumbria's Op Dragoon team regularly visit schools, colleges and local military bases to give road safety demonstrations and presentations to try and get this message home.

But today (Monday, Nov 21) the team has descended on EDF Energy in Sunderland - one of the biggest employers in the region - to talk about road safety with their 1,600 employees.

To mark the beginning of National Road Safety Week they will be joined by North East Ambulance Service, Northumberland Fire and Rescue and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue at the company based in Doxford International Business Park.

PC Jami Blythe, education officer in Op Dragoon, said: "Education is a key element of Op Dragoon. We have worked hard to develop this strand over the last two years and working in partnership with EDF Energy is an exciting opportunity to make links with industry.

"By showing employees the shocking results of collisions and car accidents we can promote the importance of road safety and make the North East roads a safer place for everyone."

Andrew Lister, health, safety and environment coordinator at EDF Energy, said: “Road safety is becoming an increasingly important topic to educate our staff about.

"We hope that the week of activities will help our team think about things like tyre pressure and the importance of regular checks on their vehicles, as well as safe driving.

"We also encourage our staff members to become spokespeople, spreading positive messages about safety to their families and the general community."

Graham Smith, Group Manager at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Our aim is to create the safest community and we fully support Operation Dragoon.

"EDF Energy is to be commended for arranging this activity week and promoting road safety in Tyne and Wear."

Mark McCarty, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Northumberland Fire and Rescue, said: "We are dedicated to working with partners to improve the safety of our roads, especially at this time of year when winter weather can make driving conditions very dangerous.

"Road Safety Week is a great opportunity to reinforce these important messages and to make sure that road safety remains at the forefront of drivers minds."

Northumbria Police’s Op Dragoon team works tirelessly every day to make our roads safer with the team made up of three branches: Enforcement, Engagement and Education.

Since 2014 they have made significant efforts to increase the safety of all road users through educational campaigns such as this one, engaging with car enthusiast communities and by targeting high risk drivers on our roads.

If anyone suspects anyone of dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or driving whilst on their mobile phone then they can contact the team by calling 101.