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Motorists urged to think before using phones

A hard-hitting campaign aims to show the potentially deadly consequences of using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

Police have released footage of a devastating crash on the M62 - in which two people were killed - in the hope of making motorists think before making or taking a call. It's part of their latest initiative to cut deaths on West Yorkshire's roads. Ben Erlam reports.

Road safety campaign launches to tackle "fatal four"

Drivers in West Yorkshire are being targeted in a new scheme to educate them about the "fatal four".

The Roads Policing Units have identified excess speed, drink/drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and distractions like mobile phone use as the main causes of serious or fatal accidents on our roads.

Each week in November will be devoted to one of the fatal four with officers hoping to educate people in West Yorkshire to try and reduce the number of fatal and serious accidents they are called to deal with.

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Danger tyres blamed on 120 accidents across the region

Road safety campaigners fear we don't check our tyres often enough and the accident figures for our region seem to bear that out.

According to the Department for Transport, there were more than 120 road accidents in our region last year where illegal, defective or under inflated tyres caused or contributed to the crash. So are we putting our lives and those of other road users at risk? Matt Price reports.

Darkness descends - tips for driving as clocks go back

Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, with the clocks going back at the weekend, he is advising on driving in the dark.

  • To improve your view as far as possible, keep your lights and windscreen clean. It’s easy to forget the inside of the windows, but keeping them clean helps prevent them from misting-up.
  • Use main beam on a dark unlit road, but when other drivers or riders are approaching make sure you dip your lights to avoid dazzling the oncoming road users.
  • Look at how the traffic ahead behaves for clues to possible problems you can’t see yet – the way other lights behave can tell you a lot.
  • Use the headlights of the car you are following to show you to let you see further ahead.
  • Don’t look at any lights themselves, but at what they show – so you can make use of more of the light there is from any source, without losing your “night vision” any more than you have to.

Use the reflective road signs and lines to help you see where the road goes and where there are particular problems

If an approaching car forgets to dip its lights, look beyond the lights to their left to avoid being dazzled.If it’s gloomy in the morning, don’t forget to put your lights on then too.

The risk of collisions increases in the dark as visibility is reduced. In poor weather remember that you still need to see things like large pools of water or fallen trees in the dark – so adjust your driving to suit all the conditions combined.”

– Peter Rodger, IAM chief examiner

Hit-and-run victim's parents support road safety day

The mother of a six-year-old boy who was killed by a hit and run driver in Wakefield has backed a campaign to improve road safety awareness amongst youngsters.

Owen Wightman was playing with his friend when he was knocked over. The driver stopped to check the damage to his car and drove off. Today Huddersfield charity Brake were on hand to show children how to cross the road, in the hope they can reduce the number of accidents. Victoria Whittam reports.

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Leeds MP wins award for road safety campaign

Greg Mulholland
Greg Mulholland Credit: Calendar News

The MP for Leeds North West gained the award from Brake in recognition of his campaign for automatic licence suspension for drivers who have killed or are caught at twice the drink-drive limit.

The campaign was launched by the family of Jamie Still, a sixteen-year-old who was killed by a drink driver in January 2011. The driver was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, but allowed to keep his licence for eight months while he awaited trial.

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