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Firefighters hit the road to drive home safety messages

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is hitting the road this week to spread safety messages as part of a national campaign.

The Chief Fire Officers Association has designated 8-14 June as UK Road Safety Week and is encouraging fire services across Britain to take part by hosting road-safety related activities.

With road collisions still the leading cause of death for young adults aged between 15 and 19, this year’s Road Safety Week is focusing on the issue of young drivers and passengers being distracted and Cumbria's firefighters are supporting the week with a number of events around the county.

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Safety course for older drivers

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A scheme is running in Dumfries and Galloway to help older drivers stay safe and keep driving for longer.

Participants receive three free lessons with a qualified driving instructor and have the chance to take a driving test.

Police and the local NHS launched the programme at the beginning of winter as there had been a rise in the number of elderly motorists involved in accidents.

More than forty mature drivers have taken part so far.

We have an ageing population so the number of people in this age group is rising and the law of averages will tell us that the more people in particular driving age group, the more crashes involving those people so it's as simple as that."

– Sgt Billy McEwan, Police Scotland

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Operation Spectrum launched to improve road safety

Those who park on double yellow lines will be prosecuted as part of Operation Spectrum Credit: ITV Border

A police operation has been launched to try and prevent road accidents outside schools across Cumbria.

Parents who park on zig zag or double yellow lines are being targeted as part of Operation Spectrum.

The police are handing out leaflets to people this week, but they say they will start prosecuting offenders next week.

Police advise driving 'safely' after cold spell

Kirkstone Pass is still closed following an accident a the weekend Credit: Langdale & Ambleside MRT

Police in Cumbria are advising motorists to drive safely on the county’s roads following prolonged cold weather over the weekend.

They say roads at higher ground are still affected by the snow and ice, with Kirkstone Pass, Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass all closed.

They have also warned motorists of the risk of black ice, and are asking people to drive "with care and attention".

You can keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads by visiting the police Traffic Link Map.

To keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, visit the Met Office website:

Carlisle mother backs introducing road safety to the national curriculum

In Cumbria last year, 17 young people were either killed or seriously hurt in a road accident every day.

Road safety isn't part of the national curriculum in England, but it is delivered in schools in Scotland, and the charity Brake has campaigned for a long time for it to be made a priority throughout the UK.

One mother from Carlisle is now using her own time to educate youngsters about road safety.

Kate Walby has been to meet her:

Lowest number of deaths on Cumbria's roads since 2009

Fewer people are being killed on Cumbria’s roads, according to new figures released today.

The number of deaths has fallen to the lowest level for five years with figures by the Cumbria Road Safety Partnership showing 26 people were killed on the county’s roads last year.

Overall, the number of people killed or seriously injured on Cumbria’s roads has almost halved over the past decade - there were 231 last year compared with 434 in 2004

There were also fewer serious injuries on our roads last year – 205 in 2014 compared with 212 the previous year.

However, the council maintains there is more to be done.

“Whilst these figures show driving in the county is getting safer and safer, one death or casualty is one too many.

"The Cumbria Road Safety Partnership works hard to help road users stay safe and leads a number of initiatives targeting people of all ages, from motorcyclists to drivers both young and old."

– Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for highways and transport
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